[Fr. marie.] A genus of carnivorous quadrupeds, belonging to the Weasel family. The body is elongated and slim, the ears larger than in the weasel, the tail bushy, the legs short, and the feet have five toes, with long sharp claws. Martens live generally in thick woods, and can climb trees with the greatest ease. They feed on rats, mice, birds, and other small animals. They are widely distributed over Europe, Asia, and North America. The sable marten inhabits Siberia, and furnishes the highly valuable sable fur. The pine marten, or American sable, is found in the northern parts of North America, especially in the thick pine woods. It is inucn hunted for its fur, which is very handsome and highly prized.