Definition of pine marten in English:

pine marten

Syllabification: pine mar·ten


  • A marten with a dark brown coat, a yellowish throat, and a bushy tail.
    • Genus Martes, family Mustelidae: two species, M. martes of northern Eurasia, and M. americana of North America, especially Canada and Alaska
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    • As well as being extremely rare, the pine marten - a member of the weasel family - is a shy creature that would seek to avoid humans.
    • Although many think the species is a type of bird, the pine marten is actually a bushy-tailed and foxy-faced tree-climbing mammal, similar to a ferret - but as big as a cat.
    • A pine marten rested high above our heads while a gaggle of monkeys swung through the very highest branches where the occasional owl perched imperiously on guard.

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