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Meaning of MARTEN

Pronunciation:  'mârtn

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  agile slender-bodied arboreal mustelids somewhat larger than weasels

MARTEN is a 6 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: marten cat
 See Also: American marten, American sable, beech marten, black cat, Charronia flavigula, fisher, fisher cat, genus Martes, Martes, Martes americana, Martes foina, Martes martes, Martes pennanti, Martes zibellina, mustelid, musteline, musteline mammal, pekan, pine marten, sable, stone marten, yellow-throated marten



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Mar"ten\, n. (Zo["o]l.)
    A bird. See {Martin}.
  2. \Mar"ten\, n. [From older martern, marter, martre, F.
    martre, marte, LL. martures (pl.), fr. L. martes; akin to AS.
    mear?, meard, G. marder, OHG. mardar, Icel. m["o]r?r. Cf.
    1. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of several fur-bearing carnivores of
       the genus {Mustela}, closely allied to the sable. Among
       the more important species are the European beech, or
       stone, marten ({Mustela foina}); the pine marten ({M.
       martes}); and the American marten, or sable ({M.
       Americana}), which some zo["o]logists consider only a
       variety of the Russian sable.
    2. The fur of the marten, used for hats, muffs, etc.