[Fr., from Russian.] A small flesh-eating animal akin to the weasel, found in Siberia and northern countries, and valued for its glossy fur, which consists of a soft under-wool over-topped with longer hair. In summer the fur is brownish, with gray spots on the head and neck ; but in winter it is deep rich brown and almost black. Winter fur is most valued, and is worn by ladies and by officials on their robes. The tail is made into artists' pencils and brushes. The sable spends most of the day in trees, and hunts at night. Its food is chiefly hares and small game. This animal is now getting scarce in Siberia, where it used to be hunted by Russian exiles.