noun mar·ten \ˈmär-tən\

: a small animal that is related to the weasel and has soft gray or brown fur

: the fur of a marten

plural marten or martens

Full Definition of MARTEN

:  any of several semiarboreal slender-bodied carnivorous mammals (genus Martes) of the weasel family that occur in the northern hemisphere
:  the fur or pelt of a marten

Origin of MARTEN

Middle English martryn, from Anglo-French martrine marten fur, from Old French martre marten, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English mearth marten
First Known Use: 13th century

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MARTEN Defined for Kids


noun mar·ten \ˈmär-tən\

Definition of MARTEN for Kids

:  a slender animal related to the weasel that has soft gray or brown fur and often climbs trees


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