mar·​ten | \ ˈmär-tᵊn How to pronounce marten (audio) \
plural marten or martens

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

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The marten’s head dates from the same period as the painting and is in the exhibition. Sanford Schwartz, The New York Review of Books, "The Pure Portraitist," 9 May 2019 In Alberta, Frey found that the American marten, a carnivore which is mostly nocturnal in the wilderness, has become much more active in the daytime in the busier Kananaskis Country. Christopher Solomon, Outside Online, "Humans Are Turning Mammals More Nocturnal," 14 June 2018 The Canadian Rockies hold a huge number of carnivores—wolves, cougars, wolverine, lynx, coyote, marten, and smaller weasels. Christopher Solomon, Outside Online, "Humans Are Turning Mammals More Nocturnal," 14 June 2018 Now, the exhibit has acquired a prized specimen—a stone marten that hopped the fence at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider outside Geneva and fried itself to death. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Museum Displays the Weasel that Brought Down Particle Physics," 1 Feb. 2017 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. Lee Bergquist, Twin Cities, "Wisconsin governor targets DNR’s venerable magazine for extermination," 15 Feb. 2017 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. Sam Cook, Twin Cities, "Wolf snared, tipping MN DNR to 600 illegal traps, charges say," 14 Mar. 2017 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. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "Ill-Fated Critter Killed by LHC Is Now a Museum Exhibit," 30 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of marten

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for marten

Middle English martryn, from Anglo-French martrine marten fur, from Old French martre marten, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English mearth marten

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English Language Learners Definition of marten

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


mar·​ten | \ ˈmär-tᵊn How to pronounce marten (audio) \

Kids Definition of marten

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

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