petrichor

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It hasn’t rained in Brisbane for a long time. This evening I was coming home and smeltย petrichor and smiled: our new house is much closer to a large bushland reserve and the petrichor is more pungent.

What is petrichor you ask?

(pretrichor is) used to describe the distinct scent of rain in the air. Or, to be more precise, itโ€™s the name of an oil thatโ€™s released from the earth into the air before rain begins to fall.

The word was invented by the CSIRO in Australia.