pine marten


: an American marten (Martes americana) found mainly in coniferous forests
also : a Eurasian marten (Martes martes)

Examples of pine marten in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Despite the pine marten being a natural predator of squirrels, the scheme is garnering increasingly broad support. Jason Thomson, The Christian Science Monitor, 6 Oct. 2022 But such a commitment of finances and personnel cannot be guaranteed indefinitely, which is why the Anglesey project is pivoting to a fresh approach based on recent research: the reintroduction of another native mammal in decline, the pine marten. Jason Thomson, The Christian Science Monitor, 6 Oct. 2022 Most events and activities are described as Tarka would experience them with occasional glimpses of the world as perceived by badger, pine marten, fox, owl, heron and raven. Washington Post, 14 Dec. 2020 Hidden among rocky mountain vistas and dark stands of lodge pole timber live pine marten; small weasel-like creatures with dark fur and an insatiable appetite for just about anything edible. Toby Walrath, Outdoor Life, 7 Dec. 2020 Her maturity means that Pan has now solidified into a single form (a pine marten) but unfortunately, there have been other changes to their dynamic as well. Christian Holub,, 18 Oct. 2019 What is new here is the relationship between Lyra and her daemon, a pine marten called Pantalaimon, who disapproves of the philosophies that captivate her at university. The New Yorker, 15 Oct. 2019 Then, just as the plan was being finalized, a paper was published documenting the unexpected decline of the American pine marten at Sagehen. Nicola Twilley, The New Yorker, 19 Aug. 2019 The population of animals like polecats, pine martens and badgers have sprung back, now that they are not longer widely trapped or killed for being pests. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, 16 June 2018

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First Known Use

1826, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pine marten was in 1826

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