- the European pine marten, Martes martes: trapped for its fur and now greatly reduced in number.
Origin of sweet marten
First recorded in 1780–90
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- a name for the pine marten, referring to the fact that its scent glands produce a less offensive scent marker than that of the polecat (the foul marten or foumart)
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