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flehmen

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noun fleh·men \ˈflā-mən\

Definition of flehmen

  1. :  a mammalian behavior (as of horses or cats) in which the animal inhales with the mouth open and upper lip curled to facilitate exposure of the vomeronasal organ to a scent or pheromone

flehmen intransitive verb


Origin of flehmen

German, from flehmen (of animals) to curl the upper lip


First Known Use: 1976


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