petrichor

[ pe-trahy-kawr, ‐ker ]
/ ˈpɛ traɪˌkɔr, ‐kər /

noun

a distinctive scent, usually described as earthy, pleasant, or sweet, produced by rainfall on very dry ground.

Nearby words

  1. petrarchism,
  2. petrarchist,
  3. petrel,
  4. petri dish,
  5. petri-,
  6. petrie,
  7. petrie, sir william matthew flinders,
  8. petrifaction,
  9. petrificant,
  10. petrification

Origin of petrichor

1960–65; petro-1 + ichor (in the classical mythology sense “ethereal fluid”)

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