Pronunciation: (ēr'märk"), [key]
1. any identifying or distinguishing mark or characteristic: The mayor's statement had all the earmarks of dirty politics.
2. a mark of identification made on the ear of an animal to show ownership.
1. to set aside for a specific purpose, use, recipient, etc.: to earmark goods for export.
2. to mark with an earmark.
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