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marten

Line breaks: mar¦ten
Pronunciation: /ˈmɑːtɪn
 
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Definition of marten in English:

noun

A semi-arboreal weasel-like mammal found in Eurasia and North America, hunted for its fur in some countries.
Example sentences
  • A cousin of mink, martens, otters, stoats, weasels and distantly related to seals, badgers are one of our oldest indigenous animals, whose fossil remains have been found to belong to the same era as mammoths.
  • Fishers are among the least understood of the weasel family, or mustelids, which also includes martens, minks, ermines, ferrets, badgers, otters, and wolverines.
  • The researchers say that nestlings in at least half of the nests they studied were eaten, mainly by martens and weasels.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French (peau) martrine 'marten (fur)', from martre, of West Germanic origin.

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