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.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Such scent markings seem to constitute ‘biological fences’ erected by the animals themselves.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Tigers regularly travel along certain trails, communicating with other tigers through scent markings.’
    • ‘In the jungle, where space is fiercely guarded, lions and other predators chalk out their territory using scent marking.’


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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The work of Viitala et al. indicated that kestrels utilize UV-visible vole scent-marks to locate areas rich in rodents.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They scent-mark and jealously defend their turf and throw elbows at every point of overlap.’


scent mark

/sɛnt mɑrk/