marten

[mahr-tn]
noun, plural martens (especially collectively) marten.
1.
any of several slender, chiefly arboreal carnivores of the genus Martes, of northern forests, having a long, glossy coat and bushy tail.
2.
the fur of such an animal, generally a dark brown.

Origin:
1375–1425; < Middle Low German, equivalent to mart marten (cognate with Old English mearth) + -en -en5; replacing late Middle English martren < Middle French martrine marten fur, noun use of feminine of martrin pertaining to a marten, equivalent to martre marten (< Germanic; compare German Marder) + -in -in1

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marten (ˈmɑːtɪn)
 
n , pl -tens, -ten
1.  See also pine marten any of several agile arboreal musteline mammals of the genus Martes, of Europe, Asia, and North America, having bushy tails and golden brown to blackish fur
2.  the highly valued fur of these animals, esp that of M. americana
 
[C15: from Middle Dutch martren, from Old French (peau) martrine skin of a marten, from martre, probably of Germanic origin]

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marten
mid-13c., "skin or fur of the marten," from O.Fr. martrine, noun use of fem. adj. martrin "of or pertaining to the marten," from martre "marten," from Frank. *martar, from P.Gmc. *marthuz (cf. O.S. marthrin "of or pertaining to the marten," O.Fris. merth, O.E. mearþ, O.N. mörðr "marten"),
probably from PIE *martu- "bride," perhaps on some fancied resemblance, or else a Gmc. euphemism for the real name of the animal, which may have been taboo. In M.E. the animal itself was called marter, directly from O.Fr. martre, but marten took over this sense in English c.1400.
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Example sentences
Or the ephemeral artistry of pine marten tracks imprinted in newly fallen snow.
And he already got dead fox, marten and whole collection of other species.
The noises must have been something small--a mink or marten, possibly an otter.
He hunts for her harder than he ever hunted for any grizzly or wolf, fisher or
  marten.
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