Definition of scent mark in US English:

scent mark

(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.

    ‘the tiger was spraying trees and bushes with its scent mark’
    ‘dogs stop and leave their scent markings’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Tigers regularly travel along certain trails, communicating with other tigers through scent markings.’
    • ‘Such scent markings seem to constitute ‘biological fences’ erected by the animals themselves.’


[no object]
  • (of a mammal) deposit a scent mark.

    ‘ring-tailed lemurs scent-mark with secretions of the forearm glands’
    ‘most scent-marking was performed on branches and lianas’
    • ‘Some researchers have suggested that kestrels may track voles by homing in on trails that the little rodents have scent-marked with urine.’
    • ‘Cats run in from outside to use the litterbox as soon as you change the litter in order to scent-mark it, so that all the other cats in the world will know that it's their litterbox.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They scent-mark and jealously defend their turf and throw elbows at every point of overlap.’
    • ‘The work of Viitala et al. indicated that kestrels utilize UV-visible vole scent-marks to locate areas rich in rodents.’


scent mark

/sɛnt mɑrk/