pine marten


Definition of 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 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,, "Philip Pullman goes deep on The Secret Commonwealth and the future of His Dark Materials," 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, "Briefly Noted," 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, "A Trailblazing Plan to Fight California Wildfires," 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, "The UK’s Hedgehogs (and Other Mammals) Are In Danger," 16 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'pine marten.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of pine marten

1826, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about pine marten

Time Traveler for pine marten

Time Traveler

The first known use of pine marten was in 1826

See more words from the same year

Statistics for pine marten

Cite this Entry

“Pine marten.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

More from Merriam-Webster on pine marten

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with pine marten Encyclopedia article about pine marten

Comments on pine marten

What made you want to look up pine marten? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

July 2020 Words of the Day Quiz

  • papercraft sunset
  • Which is a synonym of mien?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!