A pleasant, distinctive smell frequently accompanying the first rain after a long period of warm, dry weather in certain regions. Also: an oily liquid mixture of organic compounds which collects in the ground and is believed to be responsible for this smell.
From Greek petros "stone" + ichor the fluid that flows in the veins of the gods in Greek mythology.
The term was coined in 1964 by two Australian researchers, Bear and Thomas, for an article in the journal Nature.
10 years ago I decided I wanted my own website and a more personal
e-mail address rather than settle for one from a large ISP, but I
couldn't decide what to call it. I happened upon a newspaper article
featuring unusual words, one of which was petrichor, defined as above.
At that time we had just bought a piece of rocky Spanish hillside
covered with wild sage, rosemary and thyme and this description chimed
with my experiences of the effect of light rain on sun-baked,
herb-strewn earth. So
that was the name I registered.
In the meantime, although I have used the e-mail address, I have never made a lot of use of the web hosting. I'm now trying to rectify this and I'm adding pages for some of my interests, whether from my heritage, from where I live now, or other random topics. Use the links below to enter the part of the site that may interest you, or my other site which covers some interests in and around our house in Spain (although this site needs an overhaul, it includes some good photographs of the local wildlife).
|A collection of resources related to the dialect of Kent||Dry Stone Huts in Almeria, Spain||Interests in around our house in Spain|