pugmark

noun
pug·​mark | \ ˈpəg-ˌmärk How to pronounce pugmark (audio) \

Definition of pugmark

: footprint specifically : the footprint of a wild mammal (such as tiger or leopard) … all he'd found were a pair of legs and a few red traces in the snow, surrounded by the pugmarks of a tigress. — Peter Matthiessen

Examples of pugmark in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Russia’s researchers have counted Siberian tigers’ pugmarks—the same technique that led to India’s pre-2008 overestimates. National Geographic, 20 Apr. 2016 The previous method used spoor (paw prints, also called pugmarks, and scat), which often led to the same animal being counted multiple times. National Geographic, 20 Apr. 2016

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First Known Use of pugmark

1922, in the meaning defined above

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“Pugmark.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pugmark. Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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