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o·dor

(ō'dŏr),
Volatile emanation from any substance that stimulates the olfactory receptor cells.
Synonym(s): scent
[L.]

scent

The smell of a thing or person. See Pseudoscent.

scent

a distinctive, agreeable odor. Animals secrete them from sweat and sebaceous glands and special scent glands. See also pheromone.

scent gland impaction
the secretion in the gland becomes inspissated and forms an irritating foreign body.
References in classic literature ?
Go back to your fields and your cattle, you lubberly fellow; you're not fit to associate with ladies and gentlemen like us, that have nothing to do but to run snooking about to our neighbours' houses, peeping into their private corners, and scenting out their secrets, and picking holes in their coats, when we don't find them ready made to our hands - you don't understand such refined sources of enjoyment.
For this last, and many other good reasons, Western at length heartily hated his wife; and as he never concealed this hatred before her death, so he never forgot it afterwards; but when anything in the least soured him, as a bad scenting day, or a distemper among his hounds, or any other such misfortune, he constantly vented his spleen by invectives against the deceased, saying, "If my wife was alive now, she would be glad of this.
And, indeed, he was scenting the steps of a man,--the man whom he has sworn to report to his master, the manager of the "Epoque.
He sat by John Thornton's fire, a broad-breasted dog, white-fanged and long-furred; but behind him were the shades of all manner of dogs, half-wolves and wild wolves, urgent and prompting, tasting the savor of the meat he ate, thirsting for the water he drank, scenting the wind with him, listening with him and telling him the sounds made by the wild life in the forest, dictating his moods, directing his actions, lying down to sleep with him when he lay down, and dreaming with him and beyond him and becoming themselves the stuff of his dreams.
Only a specimen of early tourist in knickerbockers, conspicuous by a brand-new yellow leather glass-case, hung about for a moment, scenting something unusual about these four people within the rusty iron gates of what looked the grounds run wild of an unoccupied private house.
The venerable hound had risen, and was scenting the fresh breeze which continued to sweep heavily over the prairie.
But while they executed the four figures of a square dance, the Venetian was scenting my thoughts; he guessed the great interest I felt in him.
This was not a very politic step, as it turned out; for the pigs scenting him, and looking upon the coach as a kind of pie with some manner of meat inside, grunted round it so hideously, that he was afraid to come out again, and lay there shivering, till morning.