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A small, dark weasel-like animal (Marten pennanti) native to North America. Fishers, or fish martens, were named because of their tendency to steal fish bait from traps without being caught. The dark, shiny fur from fishers has been used for coats, trim, and brush fibers.

Synonyms and Related Terms

fish marten; fisher cat; Pennant's marten; Pennant's cat; big marten; black fox; black cat; Pekan (species Martes pennanti)

Physical and Chemical Properties

Guard hair is coarse, dark brown, and shiny. Length is up to 2 inches.

Resources and Citations

  • Zora Sweet Pinney, 'A Handle on the Terms used for Artists' Brushes', unpublished glossary, 1999
  • Edward Reich, Carlton J. Siegler, Consumer Goods: How to Know and Use Them, American Book Company, New York City, 1937