• The marten about to attack the heron
    The marten about to attack the heron
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n marten agile slender-bodied arboreal mustelids somewhat larger than weasels
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Marten mär"tĕn (Zoöl) A bird. See Martin.
    • marten (Zoöl) Any one of several fur-bearing carnivores of the genus Martesformerly Mustela), closely allied to the sable. Among the more important species are the European beech marten or stone marten Martes foina); the pine marten Martes martes); and the American marten, or sable Martes Americana), which some zoölogists consider only a variety of the Russian sable.
    • marten The fur of the marten, used for hats, muffs, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n marten A digitigrade carnivorous quadruped of the family Mustelidœ, subfamily Mustelinœ, and genus Mustela or Martes, of which there are several species, all inhabiting the northern hemisphere. The name was originally given to the common pine-marten. Mustela martes or Martes abietum, of the northerly parts of Europe. This animal is about 18 inches long, with a full bushy tail 12 inches long, and thus rather larger than a house-cat, but standing much lower, on account of the shortness of the legs. The fur, consisting of three kinds of hairs, is full and soft, and of an extremely variable shade of brown, usually paler on the head and under parts. A closely related species is the stone- or beech-marten, Mustela foina, of Great Britain and many other parts of Europe; it is, on the average, smaller in size, with a whitish throat and inferior pelage. The American pine-marten, M. americana, is similar, but specifically distinct; it inhabits the northerly United States and the whole of British America, and is commonly called the American sable. The Siberian or true sable is M. zibellina, of blackish color and with an extremely rich and valuable fur. The pekan, fisher, or Pennant's marten, Mustela pennanti, much larger than any of the foregoing and of a blackish color, is a very distinct species peculiar to northerly North America. See sable, and cut under fisher, 2.
    • n marten A carnivorous marsupial of the genus Phascogale, as the spotted marten of Australia.
    • n marten An obsolete spelling of martin.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Marten mär′ten a destructive kind of weasel valued for its fur.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From older martern, marter, martre, F. martre, marte, LL. martures,pl.), fr. L. martes,; akin to AS. mearð, meard, G. marder, OHG. mardar, Icel. mörðr,. Cf. Foumart
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. martre, also marte—Low L. marturis, from a Teut. root seen in Ger. marder, and A.S. mearð, a marten.


In literature:

She wrote to me when she came down into Surrey and I walked over to Martens the next afternoon.
"The Passionate Friends" by Herbert George Wells
Meanwhile, to lose no time, he began to skin a pine marten.
"The Peace of Roaring River" by George van Schaick
Externally, the fur of the marten is indicated.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 7 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
And what's it got to do with Mrs. Marten's cutlets?
"The Wolf Patrol" by John Finnemore
And the hare did the same and the marten and the mouse.
"The Old Willow Tree and Other Stories" by Carl Ewald
Though she knew nothing of Henry Marten she reviled his memory.
"Cynthia's Chauffeur" by Louis Tracy
This brigand was moreover of the nobility, and was known as Martens van Rosum, Duke of the Guelderland.
"The Cathedrals and Churches of the Rhine" by Francis Miltoun
I've had a hunch that there were marten in this neck of woods, but haven't had a chance to trap them yet.
"The Boy Scouts in A Trapper's Camp" by Thornton W. Burgess
From Martene we learn the early form of the ceremony at Rome.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 4" by Various
Thirty marten traps that yield six martens do well.
"The Story of the Trapper" by A. C. Laut
Then Marcel, pointing at the female puppy, offered the pelt of a marten for her.
"The Whelps of the Wolf" by George Marsh
Marten Beverley and his wife Grizel confronted each other across the breakfast table.
"Lady Cassandra" by Mrs George de Horne Vaizey
External characters generally similar to those of the martens, but the body longer and more slender, and the limbs even shorter.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 4" by Various
The variety of the former was confined to wolves, foxes, martens, hares, mice, and a few rein-deer.
"Narrative of a Second Expedition to the Shores of the Polar Sea" by John Franklin
Lemuel Marten was of course the most distinguished man in the party.
"Kastle Krags" by Absalom Martin
They represented sales of steers, cayuses, skins of marten, beaver, bear and lynx, bounties on coyotes and mountain lion.
"The Land of Strong Men" by Arthur M. Chisholm
It resembles the marten, and is found in the northern parts of both continents.
"Illustrative Anecdotes of the Animal Kingdom" by Samuel Griswold Goodrich
Marten and silver fox should not be raised in the south, as these are animals that do best in the cold sections.
"Fur Farming" by A. R. Harding
We made up everything; sable an' Siberian squirrel, bear, fox, marten, mink, otter, an' all the rest.
"Prisoners of Poverty" by Helen Campbell
I was also getting mink, marten and coon now and then, and occasionally I would get two mink or marten in one day.
"Fifty Years a Hunter and Trapper" by Eldred Nathaniel Woodcock

In poetry:

M was a mischievous Marten,
Who went to the Free Kindergarten;
When they asked him to plat
A gay-colored mat,
He tackled the job like a Spartan.
"An Alphabet Zoo" by Carolyn Wells

In news:

Hosts were their daughter and her husband, Tina and Steve Marten of Holliday.
Marten Transport drivers reap benefits after fleet addresses sleepiness issue.
Native Washingtonian Steuart Martens comes from a long line of DC entrepreneurs, famed mostly for auto dealing.
Led by Commissioner Joe Martens, the Department of Environmental Conservation celebrated Arbor Day by planting a tree in West Capitol Park.
In the front are Elena Martens, Jackson Bona , Emma Rodriguez and Jeremy Falvey.
Lavonne Anna ' Bonnie ' Martens.
An Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) infestation was found in the Catskill Forest Preserve at a state-owned campground, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens announced today.
Bernice Martens was injured when her caretaker, who wasn't qualified to work with her, dropped her during wheelchair transfers.
They hired Senior Helpers caretakers to get Martens to appointments.
On Oct 25, 2011, Martens' daughter-in-law went with her to an appointment.
According to the state report, the Senior Helpers employee arrived to pick her up, but had to get help lifting Martens from her wheelchair to the car.
And Mrs Ron Crosby of Ardmore, Okla. Are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Amy Marie to David Matthew Martens of Oklahoma City.
DEC Commissioner Joe Martens (Skip Dickstein/Times Union).
Appointed commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Conservation last year, Martens must now make the call on one of the most controversial environmental issues New York has ever faced.
Martens edges Evers to claim All-Star title.

In science:

Progressively a flux rope is formed by reconnection of low field lines like in the van Ballegooijen and Martens (1989) model.
Solar filament eruptions and their physical role in triggering Coronal Mass Ejections
Losemann and Martens and Arenas et al. investigate the complexity of evaluating such property paths.
A Trichotomy for Regular Simple Path Queries on Graphs
More precisely, Losemann and Martens consider different fragments of regular expressions and classify them with respect to the complexity of evaluating SPARQL property paths.
A Trichotomy for Regular Simple Path Queries on Graphs
We also thank Robert Duncan, Fotis Gavriil, Marten van Kerkwijk, and Nanda Rea for their comments.
Soft Gamma Repeaters and Anomalous X-ray Pulsars: Magnetar Candidates
We thank Fred Rasio, Stein Sigurdsson, and Marten van Kerkwijk for extremely useful discussions.
Twenty-One Millisecond Pulsars in Terzan 5 Using the Green Bank Telescope
We thank Marten van Kerkwijk for his comments and suggestions regarding this work.
The orthometric parameterisation of the Shapiro delay and an improved test of general relativity with binary pulsars
An intriguing proposal was put forward by Martens et al. who argued that the observable independence and hence the interpretation in terms of Teff is related to the uniformity of the phase space pdf on the hyper-surface of constant energy reached dynamically .
The effective temperature
Martens, Flows on one-dimensional spaces, Fund.
K-theory of C^*-algebras from one-dimensional generalized solenoids
Martens, Flows on one-dimensional spaces, Fund.
The Rotation Class of a Flow
Curves for which this is not so are Clifford exceptional curves, and have been studied by Martens and Eisenbud et al. .
Some Examples of Gorenstein Liaison in Codimension Three
In my view this simple thought experiment, first formulated to me by Harald Martens, bears some relationship with the EPR experiment, an experiment which throughout the years has caused much discussion in the quantummechanical literature.
Quantum Mechanics from Focusing and Symmetry
S lawianowski, J.J., Kovalchuk, V., S lawianowska, A., Go lubowska, B., Martens, A., Ro ˙zko, E.E. and Zawistowski, Z.J., ’Affine Symmetry in Mechanics of Collective and Internal Modes.
Classical and Quantized Affine Models of Structured Media
S lawianowski, J.J., Kovalchuk, V., S lawianowska, A., Go lubowska, B., Martens, A., Ro ˙zko, E.E. and Zawistowski, Z.J., ’Affine Symmetry in Mechanics of Collective and Internal Modes.
Classical and Quantized Affine Models of Structured Media
Martens: ¨Uber den Clifford Index algebraischer Kurven. J.
Vector bundles of rank 2 computing Clifford indices
For a smooth connected pro jective curve, we have an invariant, the Clifford index, introduced by Martens .
On the Clifford theorem for surfaces