American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of several principally arboreal carnivorous mammals of the genus Martes, related to the weasel, mainly inhabiting northern forests, and having a slender body, bushy tail, and soft fur.
- n. The fur of one of these carnivorous mammals.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A digitigrade carnivorous quadruped of the family Mustelidœ, subfamily Mustelinœ, and genus Mustela or Martes, of which there are several species, all inhabiting the northern hemisphere. The name was originally given to the common pine-marten. Mustela martes or Martes abietum, of the northerly parts of Europe. This animal is about 18 inches long, with a full bushy tail 12 inches long, and thus rather larger than a house-cat, but standing much lower, on account of the shortness of the legs. The fur, consisting of three kinds of hairs, is full and soft, and of an extremely variable shade of brown, usually paler on the head and under parts. A closely related species is the stone- or beech-marten, Mustela foina, of Great Britain and many other parts of Europe; it is, on the average, smaller in size, with a whitish throat and inferior pelage. The American pine-marten, M. americana, is similar, but specifically distinct; it inhabits the northerly United States and the whole of British America, and is commonly called the American sable. The Siberian or true sable is M. zibellina, of blackish color and with an extremely rich and valuable fur. The pekan, fisher, or Pennant's marten, Mustela pennanti, much larger than any of the foregoing and of a blackish color, is a very distinct species peculiar to northerly North America. See
sable, and cut under fisher, 2.
- n. A carnivorous marsupial of the genus Phascogale, as the spotted marten of Australia.
- n. An obsolete spelling of martin.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) A bird. See martin.
- n. (Zoöl.) Any one of several fur-bearing carnivores of the genus Martes (formerly Mustela), closely allied to the sable. Among the more important species are the European beech marten or stone marten (Martes foina); the pine marten (Martes martes); and the American marten, or sable (Martes Americana), which some zoölogists consider only a variety of the Russian sable.
- n. The fur of the marten, used for hats, muffs, etc.
- n. agile slender-bodied arboreal mustelids somewhat larger than weasels
- Middle English martren, martryn, from Anglo-Norman martrine 'marten fur', from Old Low Franconian *marþrin 'of marten fur' (cf. Middle Dutch martren), from *marþra 'marten' (compare Dutch marter), from Proto-Germanic *marþuz (compare Low German Mort, West Frisian murd 'polecat', Old English mearþ 'shrew'), originally 'wedding' (cf. Crimean Gothic marzus 'wedding'), from Proto-Indo-European *martus 'bride'. More at marry. For sense development, compare Italian donnola 'weasel', from donna 'lady', Greek nyfítsa 'weasel', from nymfē 'bride'. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English martrin, marten, from Old French martrine (from feminine of martrin, pertaining to the marten, from martre, marten) and from Medieval Latin martrīna, both of Germanic origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The little pole holds little snow and the scent of the bait calls the marten up, when, snap! it is fast and waiting for the trapper and the lodge of the”
“Yes | No | Report from hunterD wrote 5 weeks 2 days ago wax worms or minnows if live bait is permitted. panther marten is my favorite spinner bait for trout in early spring, summer and fall.”
“The marten is a wonderfully energetic little animal, even more tireless than the squirrel and as great a climber.”
“One of the largest of the latter is the pine marten, which is still found in remote and uninhabited parts of our country.”
“Upland furbearers, such as marten, mink, and shorttail and least weasels, are common.”
“She saw the animals in the marshes, the herds of caribou that are, above all creatures, natives and habitants of the snow-swept mountains, the little, lesser hunters such as marten and mink and otter.”
“The first thing we met with was a kind of marten, which looked viciously at us, and greeted us with a shrill cry.”
“He said he had found the marten dead near Hoquiam, but police don't know why he carried it with him.”
“Antlers, a bear skin, and a stuffed marten weave into a motif of Ebay antiques, giving the place an eclectic feel.”
“I've never seen a pine marten back home in Scotland, & I've gone looking a couple of times (saw a wildcat just the once).”
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Anything to do with the fur trade.
Names of places, animals, plants, people, etc. found in and around Alaska.
Hopefully, I'll be using this site for more than one year. It will be fun then to look back and see what new words I found worthy of notice in any given year.
All words spotted in 2008...
Members of the Mustelid family.
animals of interest
Weasels - they get good names!
Looking for tweets for marten.