Definition of marten
1 : any of several semiarboreal slender-bodied carnivorous mammals (genus Martes) of the weasel family that occur in the northern hemisphere
2 : the fur or pelt of a marten
Recent Examples of marten from the Web
He was convicted of a gross misdemeanor in 2007 for illegally taking or possessing pine marten, otter, fisher or wolverine in a 2004 incident, according to court records.
The story included a map of the range of pine martens, which showed that populations lived in the area of a controversial iron mining site in Ashland and Iron counties.
This second critter—a stone marten, in fact—will be a part of an exhibit in Rotterdam, Netherlands, about the deadly side effects between the interaction of human engineering and the natural world.
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Origin and Etymology 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 centurySee Words from the same year
MARTEN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of marten for English Language Learners
: a small animal that is related to the weasel and has soft gray or brown fur
: the fur of a marten
MARTEN Defined for Kids
Definition of marten for Students
: a slender animal related to the weasel that has soft gray or brown fur and often climbs trees
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