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scent mark

noun, Animal Behavior
1.
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.

scent-mark

[sent-mahrk] /ˈsɛntˌmɑrk/
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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Examples from the web for scent-mark
  • 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.
Contemporary definitions for scent-mark
noun

an odorous pheromone or defensive substance secreted by an animal on objects in their territory

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