SCENT. An effluvium continually arising from the corpuscles that issue out of all bodies; and, being impregnated with the peculiar state and quality of the blood and juices of that particular animal from which they flow, occasions the vast variety of smells or scents cognizable by the olfactory nerves, or organs of smelling. Hence we perceive how a pack of hounds are enabled to pursue the hare, fox, stag, or any other animal, they are trained to hunt, across the scent, and amidst the society of others of the same species, without being diverted from the pursuit of that self-same animal they had first on foot. And hence too we discover how it is possible for birds and beasts of prey to be directed to their food at such vast distances; for these corpuscles, issuing from putrid bodies, and floating in the air, are carried by the wind to different quarters; where, striking the olfactory nerves of whatever animals they meet in their way, immediately conduct them to the spot. See Olfactory Nerves.
Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835.
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