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Meaning of "petrichor" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD PETRICHOR

From Greek petra stone + ichor.
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PRONUNCIATION OF PETRICHOR

petrichor  [ˈpɛtrɪˌkɔː] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF PETRICHOR

noun
adjective
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preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Petrichor is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES PETRICHOR MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Petrichor

Petrichor is the scent of rain on dry earth, or the scent of dust after rain. The word is constructed from Greek, petros, meaning ‘stone’ + ichor, the fluid that flows in the veins of the gods in Greek mythology. It is defined as "the distinctive scent which accompanies the first rain after a long warm dry spell". The term was coined in 1964 by two Australian researchers, Bear and Thomas, for an article in the journal Nature. In the article, the authors describe how the smell derives from an oil exuded by certain plants during dry periods, whereupon it is absorbed by clay-based soils and rocks. During rain, the oil is released into the air along with another compound, geosmin, a metabolic by-product of certain Actinobacteria, which is emitted by wet soil, producing the distinctive scent; ozone may also be present if there is lightning. In a follow-up paper, Bear and Thomas showed that the oil retards seed germination and early plant growth. This would indicate that the plants exude the oil in order to safeguard the seeds from germination under duress.

Definition of petrichor in the English dictionary

The definition of petrichor in the dictionary is a sweet smell that is produced when rain falls on parched earth.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH PETRICHOR


albacore
ˈælbəˌkɔː
albicore
ˈælbɪˌkɔː
anemochore
əˈniːməʊˌkɔː
hardcore
ˈhɑːdˌkɔː
hydrochore
ˈhaɪdrəˌkɔː
isochor
ˈaɪsəʊˌkɔː
isochore
ˈaɪsəʊˌkɔː
jeistiecor
ˈdʒiːstɪˌkɔː
kantikoy
ˈkæntɪˌkɔː
kinetochore
kɪˈnetəˌkɔː
mallcore
ˈmɔːlˌkɔː
manticore
ˈmæntɪˌkɔː
parachor
ˈpærəˌkɔː
queercore
ˈkwɪəˌkɔː
zoochore
ˈzəʊəˌkɔː

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE PETRICHOR

petrale
Petrarch
Petrarchan
Petrarchan sonnet
petrary
petrel
Petri dish
Petrie
petrifaction
petrifactive
petrific
petrification
petrified
Petrified Forest
petrifier
petrifies
petrify
petrifying
Petrine
petrissage

WORDS THAT END LIKE PETRICHOR

anchor
at anchor
cast anchor
crown and anchor
disanchor
drag anchor
drift anchor
egg and anchor
ichor
ride at anchor
sea anchor
sheet anchor
unanchor
up-anchor
weigh anchor

Synonyms and antonyms of petrichor in the English dictionary of synonyms

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Translation of «petrichor» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF PETRICHOR

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的Petrichor
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petrichor
570 millions of speakers

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petrichor
510 millions of speakers

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petrichor
380 millions of speakers
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petrichor
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Petrichor
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Petrichor
270 millions of speakers

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petrichor
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petrichor
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Petrichor
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Petrichor
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petrichor
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petrichor
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Petrichor
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petrichor
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petrichor
75 millions of speakers

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पेट्रीचोर
75 millions of speakers

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Petrichor
70 millions of speakers

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petrichor
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Petrichor
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Petrichor
40 millions of speakers

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petrichor
30 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Greek

Petrichor
15 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Afrikaans

petrichor
14 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Swedish

Petrichor
10 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Norwegian

Petrichor
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of petrichor

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «PETRICHOR»

The term «petrichor» is regularly used and occupies the 65.657 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «PETRICHOR» OVER TIME

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «PETRICHOR»

Discover the use of petrichor in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to petrichor and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Petrichor
The words! The words tell the story of this guy, David Edwards, who goes to a job interview with a weird corporation that knows WAY too much about the job candidates.
David Scott Ewers, 2013
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Petrichor
Poems.
Adam Hughes, 2010
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Tales of Tomasewski
Chapter. Eight. The. Smell. of. Petrichor. I' M S TUMPED . I don't know what the name is for the smell that always appearsright before it rains. I might be tempted to Google it, but I don't haveone of those fancy phones. AIU only provides out of ...
Del Staecker, 2012
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The Inner World of Doctor Who: Psychoanalytic Reflections in ...
... the possessed TARDIS-space and allow the Doctor/Idris back in. Included in the feelings she must have and remember is “delight” which she evokes by remembering her wedding day. amy: Petrichor. Petrichor. rory: I said it. amy: Petrichor.
Iain MacRury, Michael Rustin, 2013
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Breaking the Bow: Speculative Fiction Inspired by the Ramayana
Petrichor. Sharanya. Manivannan. There was a time when I believed the trees spoke to me. And the river, in its spate, churned songs. Now, no matter whatIseektoaugur, I am met with silence. Nothing gives itself away. You've found me after a ...
Edited by Anil Menon and Vandana Singh
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A Wanted Woman
Humming as she walked, Petrichor wentandstoodoutnearthedock. Thesun would soon go down. A speedboat cutacrossthewaters,asmanyhad donesince she had been waiting, this one named The Corsair, like the Barbary or Ottoman corsairs, ...
Eric Jerome Dickey, 2014
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Fish Reproduction
Sinha et al, (1974) and Brutan (1979) thought lowering of water temperature, petrichor from wetted soil, dilution of electrolytes, e.g., chlorides, increase in oxygen content and a change of pH are rainfall-dependent ecological parameters.
Naresh Kumar Agarwal, 2008
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Fish Behavior and Its Use in the Capture and Culture of ...
He hypothesizes that this factor may be petrichor, an oil which has been isolated from silicate minerals and rocks by Bear and Thomas (1964). Petrichor is believed to be responsible for the characteristic odor associated with rain falling on dry ...
International Center for Living Aquatic Resources Management, 1980
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Steven Moffat's Doctor Who 2011: The Critical Fan's Guide to ...
eleven, delight, petrichor” - has to be thought rather than spoken. Neatly, thanks to one of Idris's disconnected lines earlier, Amy knows that “petrichor” means the smell of dust after rain, and is able to think the four concepts. It's a lovely touch ...
Steven Cooper, Kevin Mahoney
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Westwood Lake Chronicles
Lawrence Winkler. before a rainstorm and the rise in humidity can enhance your sense of smell. If flowers are more fragrant... There is also the unique pleasant smell of rain itself. Petrichor. In 1964 two Australian researchers, Bear and Thomas ...
Lawrence Winkler, 2012

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «PETRICHOR»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term petrichor is used in the context of the following news items.
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University graduate to host art exhibitions at Walcot Chapel, Bath …
The first of the exhibitions focuses on petrichor, the name given to the scent that frequently comes the first rain after a long period of warm, dry ... «Bath Chronicle, Jul 15»
2
5 scientific reasons to embrace a rainy day
Here's a word that's probably not in your everyday vocabulary: petrichor. The name of the aroma released after a storm, petrichor is a ... «The Express Tribune, Jul 15»
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Petrichor Announces Withdrawal of Proposed Debt Financing
Vancouver, BC / TheNewswire / July 24, 2015 - Petrichor Energy Inc. (FSE: YQN; TSX-V: PTP) (the Company or PTP) announces it has ... «Stockhouse, Jul 15»
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Alys Fowler: beware the bubbles that can spread disease
Petrichor bubbles are believed to also help certain soil-based diseases spread. Scientists are slowly unlocking the mechanism for the way in ... «The Guardian, Jul 15»
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Why can you smell rain and what's the name of it?
That fresh, earthy scent you can smell after rainfall after a dry spell has a name – it's called Petrichor. And according to www.livescience.com , it ... «WalesOnline, Jul 15»
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When Pt Omkarnath's Malhar rendition pleased raingods | Surat …
... up depriving the people of south Gujarat and its parched land of petrichor, Surat`s senior citizens recall a similar situation that arose in 1948, ... «NYOOOZ, Jul 15»
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Petrichor Closes $244370 Debt Settlement
Vancouver, BC / TheNewswire / July 14, 2015 - Petrichor Energy Inc. (TSX-V: PTP / FSE: YQN) announces that on July 13, 2015 the TSX ... «Stockhouse, Jul 15»
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Pairing: Fish tostadas with sauvignon blanc
Aromas are delicate, with hints of citrus zest and “petrichor,” that engaging scent of the first rain on thirsty land after warm dry weather. On the ... «Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Jul 15»
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Children play during heavy rain in Chandigarh. (HT Photo)
Petrichor is the name of that scent, the heavenly smell of rain on dry earth. Wikipedia says the word is constructed from Greek, 'petra', meaning ... «Hindustan Times, Jul 15»
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Complexities of migration, relocation and the journey home
The second poem, 46 pages later, starts with drops of rain that take us back to the earlier poem's “petrichor” – the sweet smell of rain on the dry ... «Irish Times, Jul 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Petrichor [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/petrichor>. Dec 2019 ».
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