Monday, May 9, 2011

Petrichor

From wordsmith.org, a few years ago, the scent that is also now floating in through my window:

petrichor (PET-ri-kuhr) noun

The pleasant smell that accompanies the first rain after a dry spell.

[From petro- (rock), from Greek petros (stone) + ichor (the fluid that is supposed to flow in the veins of the gods in Greek mythology). Coined by researchers I.J. Bear and R.G. Thomas.]

"But, even in the other pieces, her prose breaks into passages of lyrical beauty that come as a sorely needed revivifying petrichor amid the pitiless glare of callousness and cruelty." Pradip Bhattacharya; Forest Interludes; Indianest.com; Jul 29, 2001.

3 comments:

  1. Wow, that is a dreamy word :)

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  3. Dear Beck,

    I'm so glad you stumbled upon my blog. I've been a bit lax these last two weeks posting, but I hope to give you some great things to read, discuss and contribute to. Have a wonderful three day weekend!

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