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Sable, adj. black, dark: “till s. night, mother of dread and fear, upon the world dim darkness doth display,” Lucr. 117. “my s. ground of sin I will not paint,” Lucr. 117 “s. curls all silvered o'er with white,” Sonn. 12, 4. “thou treble-dated crow, that thy s. gender makest with the breath thou givest and takest,” Phoen. 18. “whose s. arms, black as his purpose, did the night resemble,” Hml. II, 2, 474. “his banners s.” Per. V Prol. Per. V Prol.
Substantively: “a s. silvered,” Hml. I, 2, 242. Plur. --s (cf. Blacks): “let the devil wear black, for I'll have a suit of --s,” III, 2, 137 (with a pun; cf. Sables).
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