[byoo- kol -ik]
Of or suggesting an idyllic rural life.
The likelihood of me using this word during the course of typical, day to day conversation is low. So this post is satisfying my itch to notify the world I know the word.
Allow me to use it in a sentence.
“On the drive to the family farm, I spent a lot of time pondering a bucolic existence.”
In short, the smell of rain.
You know the smell in the air shortly before and lingering after a rainfall? Well apparently vegetation release certain oils which are absorbed into the ground and other surfaces when rainfall occurs after a dry period. (So the smell in the air is plant sweat?)
I love this word. I love the sound of it, but I also love how one word can explain so much.
Mental Floss first brought this word/meaning/phenomenon to my attention in this article: 10 Things You Didn’t Know
Had Names, www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/85591
And Michael, on his Vsauce channel over on YouTube, also dedicates time to petrichor in a recent video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7k85eD_tQZo&t=5m04s
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