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pine marten

  1. a marten, Martes martes, of Europe and western Asia.
  2. Also called American marten. a marten, Martes americana, inhabiting forests of the U.S. and Canada.
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Origin of pine marten

First recorded in 1760–70
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Examples from the Web for pine marten

Historical Examples

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

    Poachers and Poaching

    John Watson

  • 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.

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


    T. Spencer Cobbold

British Dictionary definitions for pine marten

pine marten

  1. 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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