petrichor

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

Part of Speech

noun

Definition

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

Origin + 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

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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