Sable cape

Sable

[sey-buhl]
noun
1.
a cape on a small island at the SW tip of Nova Scotia, Canada: lighthouse.
2.
a cape at the S tip of Florida.
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sable (ˈseɪbəl)
 
n , pl -bles, -ble
1.  a marten, Martes zibellina, of N Asian forests, with dark brown luxuriant furRelated: zibeline
2.  a.  the highly valued fur of this animal
 b.  (as modifier): a sable coat
3.  American sable the brown, slightly less valuable fur of the American marten, Martes americana
4.  the colour of sable fur: a dark brown to yellowish-brown colour
 
adj
5.  of the colour of sable fur
6.  black; dark; gloomy
7.  (usually postpositive) heraldry of the colour black
 
Related: zibeline
 
[C15: from Old French, from Old High German zobel, of Slavic origin; related to Russian sobol', Polish sobol]

Sable (ˈseɪbəl)
 
n
1.  a cape at the S tip of Florida: the southernmost point of continental US
2.  the southernmost point of Nova Scotia, Canada

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sable
1423, from M.Fr. sable (also martre sable "sable martin"), in reference to the mammal or its fur, from O.Fr., from a Gmc. source (cf. M.Du. sabel, M.L.G. sabel, M.H.G. zobel), ultimately from a Slavic source (cf. Rus., Pol., Czech sobol, the name of the animal), "which itself is borrowed from an East-Asiatic
language" [Klein].

sable
1352, "black" as a heraldic color, commonly identified with sable (1), but the animal's fur is brown and this may be a different word of unknown origin; it may reflect a medieval custom (unattested) of dyeing sable fur black.
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