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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A thick lustrous soft fabric of wool and other animal hair, such as mohair, having a silky nap.
  • n. The sable or its fur.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a thick, soft woolen fabric with a long nap
  • n. the sable, or its pelt

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A fur, generally thought to be the same as sable.
  • Of, pertaining to, or related to the sable, Mustela zibellina. See sable.
  • n. A kind of woolen dress-goods made from long wool and finished with a furry nap.

Etymologies

French, sable, from Italian zibellino, of Slavic origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • A thick lustrous soft fabric of wool and other animal hair, such as mohair, having a silky nap.

    September 22, 2009