Who knows? Sometimes one of these new words may help you solve a hard crossword puzzle, win a trivia game, or even add to a poem to give it some extra flair!
Use: “Nothing beats the petrichor in the morning as the dew fades.”
Petrichor is the name of the smell of rain on dry earth. The word comes from the Greek words “petros” which means rock, and “ichor” which means the fluid that runs through the veins of the gods. The smell derives from an oil exuded by certain plants during dry periods, whereupon it is adsorbed (another word you probably didn’t know – definition) by clay-based soils and rocks. During rain, the oil is released into the air along with another compound, geosmin, producing the distinctive scent.
I've always loved that smell, but never before did I even imagine there was a name for it! Cool, isn't it?
Coffee out on the patio this morning. Maybe it will sprinkle and cool us all off a bit!