Definition of petrichor in English:

petrichor

Line breaks: pet¦ri|chor
Pronunciation: /ˈpɛtrʌɪkɔː
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • A pleasant smell that frequently accompanies the first rain after a long period of warm, dry weather: other than the petrichor emanating from the rapidly drying grass, there was not a trace of evidence that it had rained at all
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    • Petrichor comes from atmospheric haze, which contains the terpenes, creosotes and other volatile compounds that emanate from plants.
    • The musty, barky smell of fresh rain fallen on the dry earth is petrichor.
    • I am wondering if they will get the time and the open space to experience the petrichor in the air.

Origin

1960s: 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.

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