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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
First recorded in 1760-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The pine marten is the swiftest tree-climber in the world, bar one.

    Wild Folk

    Samuel Scoville
  • Our attention is suddenly drawn to a lively squirrel, who swings rapidly from branch to branch; a pine marten is in full pursuit.

    The Norwegian Fjords A. Heaton Cooper
  • One of the largest of the latter is the pine marten, which is still found in remote and uninhabited parts of our country.

  • The only British species of the genus is the pine marten, M. martes.

  • The Russian sable is the finest of the martens, the pine marten of Labrador being next in value.

    Science of Trapping Elmer Harry Kreps
  • The long lithe form of a pine marten glided straight to the fir tip, where Kagax had been a moment before.

    Wilderness Ways William J Long
  • The American sable or pine marten is said to have strange ways that have puzzled naturalists and hunters for years.

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
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