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pine marten

a marten, Martes martes, of Europe and western Asia.
Also called American marten. a marten, Martes americana, inhabiting forests of the U.S. and Canada.
Origin of pine marten
1760-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The North American M. americana is closely allied to the pine-marten and Asiatic sable.

  • Though commonly called “pine-marten,” it does not appear to have any special preference for coniferous trees.

  • This worm occurs also in the polecat (M. putorius), in the common weasel (M. vulgaris), and in the pine-marten (M. martes).

    Parasites T. Spencer Cobbold
  • The American sable or pine-marten is about the size of a common domestic cat, and looks much like a young red fox.

  • Further in the scrub we track a pine-marten to its lair in the rocks.

    Poachers and Poaching John Watson
  • Before them the pine-marten came from the same direction, and, though they are not yet common, it is believed they are increasing.

    After London Richard Jefferies
  • In regard to the tapeworms, Tnia tenuicollis infests the polecat and the common weasel, and T. intermedia the pine-marten.

    Parasites T. Spencer Cobbold
  • It was a pine-marten, the largest of the weasel and pole-cat tribe, still to be found in our own north country.

    More Science From an Easy Chair Sir E. Ray (Edwin Ray) Lankester
British Dictionary definitions for pine-marten

pine marten

a marten, Martes martes, of N European and Asian coniferous woods, having dark brown fur with a creamy-yellow patch on the throat See also sweet marten
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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