Petrichor

Updated: Nov 19, 2020

Pronunciation: [ pet-ri-kawr, pe-trahy-kawr ]


Definition: noun

a pleasant smell that frequently accompanies the first rain after a long period of warm, dry weather.

Origin: 1960; English


Etymology: blend of petro- ‘relating to rocks’ (the smell is believed to be caused by a liquid mixture of organic compounds which collects in the ground) and ichor

Usage:

Synonyms:

  • earthiness

  • smell of the earth

Example: I hope they will get the time and the open space to experience the petrichor in the air.

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