What is one word for.....?

How do you describe in one word, the smell of sand when it rains...?

There is a specific word for it, and it gets really frustrating not to really find it.,.. Please do help!


The smell of sand, or mud, or clay, when it becomes wet with rain...

Well, I could be very sure that I've come across it, just not able to catch it!

Update 2:

@ aks: Thank You so much!!! Yes, finally! Even I saw it on the net, in some social networking site...

3 Answers

  • 10 years ago
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    It's called 'petrichor'...

    Source(s): came across the word somewhere on the internet..can't remember where..
  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    In 60 years of using English I have not come across such a word. Is that sand at the seaside or in a dessert? If seaside then possibly 'salty'.

  • 10 years ago

    I have not come across one word for this but in hindi there is

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