n. pl. marten or mar·tens
1. Any of several mustelid mammals of the genus Martes, mainly inhabiting northern forests and having a slender body, bushy tail, and soft fur.
2. The fur of one of these mammals.
[Middle English martrin, marten, from Old French martrine, from feminine of martrin, relating to the marten, from martre, marten, from Frankish *martar, from Proto-Germanic *marthra, perhaps originally "bride" and akin to Lithuanian marti, bride, Latin marītus, married, and possibly Crimean Gothic marzus, wedding. For the semantic development, compare Modern Greek nifítsa, weasel (from diminutive of nífi, bride, daughter-in-law), Italian donnola, weasel (from diminutive of donna, woman), and Spanish comadreja, weasel (from deprecative diminutive of comadre, mother of one's godchild, godmother of one's child).]
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