Marten meaning

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Any of several mustelid mammals of the genus Martes, mainly inhabiting northern forests and having a slender body, bushy tail, and soft fur.
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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.
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The fur.
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Any carnivorous mammal of the genus Martes in the family Mustelidae.
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Archaic form of martin (the bird)
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The fur of one of these mammals.
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Origin of marten

  • Middle English martrin, marten from Old French martrine (from) (feminine of martrin pertaining to the marten) (from martre marten) and from Medieval Latin martrīna both of Germanic origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English martren, martryn, from Anglo-Norman martrine 'marten fur', from Old Low Franconian *marþrin 'of marten fur' (cf. Middle Dutch martren), from *marþra 'marten' (compare Dutch marter), from Proto-Germanic *marþuz (compare Low German Mort, West Frisian murd 'polecat', Old English mearþ 'shrew'), originally 'wedding' (cf. Crimean Gothic marzus 'wedding'), from Proto-Indo-European *martus 'bride'. More at marry. For sense development, compare Italian donnola 'weasel', from donna 'lady', Greek nyfítsa 'weasel', from nymfÄ“ 'bride'.

    From Wiktionary