Share this entry

Share this page

scent mark

Line breaks: scent mark

Definition of scent mark in English:

noun

(also scent marking) An odorous substance containing a pheromone that is deposited by a mammal from a scent gland or in the urine or faeces, typically on prominent objects in an area: the tiger was spraying trees and bushes with its scent mark dogs stop and leave their scent markings
More example sentences
  • 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

Back to top  
(scent-mark) [no object] (Of a mammal) deposit a scent mark: ring-tailed lemurs scent-mark with secretions of the forearm glands (as noun scent-marking) most scent-marking was performed on branches and lianas
More example sentences
  • 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.

Definition of scent mark in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day odium
Pronunciation: ˈōdēəm
noun
widespread hatred or disgust for someone…