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fisher,

name of a large North American martenmarten,
name for carnivorous, largely arboreal mammals (genus Martes) of the weasel family, widely distributed in North America, Europe, and central Asia. Martens are larger, heavier-bodied animals than weasels, with thick fur and bushy tails.
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, Martes pennanti. This carnivorous, largely arboreal mammal is found in hardwood forests of Canada, the extreme N United States, and mountain ranges of the W United States. Fishers have dark brown fur shading to black and frosted with white-tipped hairs. Males are over 3 ft (90 cm) long, including the bushy tail, which may reach 15 in. (38 cm), and weigh 6 to 12 lb (1.8–3.6 kg); females weigh about half as much. Active both by night and by day, on the ground and in trees, the fisher makes its den in a hollow tree or a hole in the ground. It feeds on small mammals, birds, carrion, and fruits. Despite its name, it does not catch fish, although it will eat them. It is one of the few animals that eats porcupines, which it attacks by striking at the unprotected underparts. The fisher is not abundant and is difficult to trap; its beautiful fur brings high prices. Once considered threatened with extinction, fishers are now increasing in numbers. They are classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
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, subphylum Vertebrata, class Mammalia, order Carnivora, family Mustelidae.

Fisher

 

(Martes pennanti), a mammal of family Mustelidae, order Carnivora.

The fisher is the largest member of the genus Martes, having a body length of 50–65 cm and a tail of 35–40 cm. The animal is dark in color. The fisher is found in North America.

fisher

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(vertebrate zoology)
Martes pennanti. An arboreal, carnivorous mammal of the family Mustelidae; a relatively large weasellike animal with dark fur, found in northern North America.

Fisher

1. Andrew. 1862--1928, Australian statesman, born in Scotland: prime minister of Australia (1908--09; 1910--13; 1914--15)
2. Saint John. ?1469--1535, English prelate and scholar: executed for refusing to acknowledge Henry VIII as supreme head of the church. Feast day: June 22
3. John Arbuthnot 1st Baron Fisher of Kilverstone. 1841--1920, British admiral; First Sea Lord (1904--10; 1914--15); introduced the dreadnought
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"A good phrase," said Fisher, "and so it would be if you were silly enough to drink wine in it.
Fisher's weary eye wandered round the dusty and dreary inn parlor and rested dreamily on a glass case containing a stuffed bird, with a gun hung on hooks above it, which seemed to be its only ornament.
no," repeated Fisher, almost mechanically; and then suddenly cocked his eye at his interlocutor with a much livelier expression.
"So you're stopping at Jink's, too," said Fisher. "Everybody seems to be at Jink's."
Fisher said, rather vaguely, that he was following soon, when he had fixed something up; and the Chancellor of the Exchequer left the inn.
"The place where the poor fellow was killed," said Fisher, sadly.
"No, he wasn't," replied Fisher. "He didn't fall on the rocks at all.
"He was a first-class shot," said Fisher. He had turned his back abruptly and was walking down a narrow, grassy lane, little more than a cart track, which lay opposite the inn and marked the end of the great estate and the beginning of the open moors.
"Are you a first-class criminal?" asked Fisher, in a friendly tone.
Fisher knew that lonely look of the outlying parts of a great house well enough.
Fisher, who was peering more closely at the target, startled him by an exclamation.
"In the wildest way," repeated Fisher, still peering intently at the target.