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noun mar·ten \ˈmär-tən\

Definition of marten

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marten

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martens

  1. 1 :  any of several semiarboreal slender-bodied carnivorous mammals (genus Martes) of the weasel family that occur in the northern hemisphere

  2. 2 :  the fur or pelt of a marten

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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


MARTEN Defined for English Language Learners

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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

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noun mar·ten \ˈmär-tən\

Definition of marten for Students

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



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