Variant of marten
- any of a genus (Martes) of small musteline carnivores that live chiefly in trees and have a long, slender body, short legs, and soft, thick, valuable fur
- the fur
Origin: Middle English martren from Old French martrine, adjective from martre, marten from Frankish an unverified form martar, akin to German marder, Old English mearth from Proto-Germanic marthu- from Indo-European an unverified form martu-, bride (euphemism for the taboo Indo-European name); akin to an unverified form meri: see marry
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