• 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

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