Word of the week – Petrichor


Syllabification: (pet·ri·chor)
Pronunciation: /ˈpeˌtrīkôr/
Definition of petrichor (noun)
  • a pleasant smell that frequently accompanies the first rain after a long period of warm, dry weather
  • for example:other than the petrichor emanating from the rapidly drying grass, there was not a trace of evidence that it had rained at all


1960s: blend of petro- ‘relating to rocks’ (the smell is believed to be caused by a liquid mixture of organic compounds that collects in the ground) and ichor


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