Definition of scent mark in English:

scent mark

Syllabification: scent mark

noun

(also scent marking)
  • An odoriferous substance containing a pheromone that is deposited by a mammal from a scent gland or in the urine or feces, typically on prominent objects in an area.
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    • By rubbing a glandular area against a surface such as a tree trunk, a branch, or even another lemur, the animal deposits a scent mark.
    • When a bumblebee finds a nectar-rich flower, it tags the blossom with a scent mark, identifying the flower as being worth a return visit.
    • In the jungle, where space is fiercely guarded, lions and other predators chalk out their territory using scent marking.

verb

(scent-mark) [no object] Back to top  
  • (Of a mammal) deposit a scent mark.
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    • Some researchers have suggested that kestrels may track voles by homing in on trails that the little rodents have scent-marked with urine.
    • High-quality males usually scent-mark at high frequency, constructing a dense and often complex system of marks within their territory or area of dominance.
    • The work of Viitala et al. indicated that kestrels utilize UV-visible vole scent-marks to locate areas rich in rodents.

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