- 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
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Examples from the Web for pine marten
Further in the scrub we track a pine-marten to its lair in the rocks.Poachers and Poaching
Though commonly called “pine-marten,” it does not appear to have any special preference for coniferous trees.
The North American M. americana is closely allied to the pine-marten and Asiatic sable.
The American sable or pine-marten is about the size of a common domestic cat, and looks much like a young red fox.The Animal World, A Book of Natural History
In regard to the tapeworms, Tnia tenuicollis infests the polecat and the common weasel, and T. intermedia the pine-marten.Parasites
T. Spencer Cobbold
- a marten, Martes martes, of N European and Asian coniferous woods, having dark brown fur with a creamy-yellow patch on the throatSee also sweet marten
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