scent mark

noun Animal Behavior.
a distinctive odor that an animal deposits on the ground or other surface, as by urinating, which functions as an identifying signal to other animals of the species.
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scent-mark

[sent-mahrk] Animal Behavior.
verb (used without object)
1.
to deposit a scent mark; mark.
verb (used with object)
2.
to deposit a scent mark on; mark.
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Example sentences
Tigers live alone and aggressively scent-mark large territories to keep their rivals away.
Males scent-mark their territories, but they share them with several females and are believed to be polygamous.
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