Brooklyn has been enjoying a few rainy days this week. With December, the precipitation has increased and the house smells like wet owl feathers, cinnamon sticks and coffee.

While each morning brings us Brooklynites the smell of wet earth, we do not get petrichor.

Petrichor is a noun for the scent of fresh rain on dry earth. While we in the Northeast are enjoying the smell of rain on earth, our earth is already wet, so it is not petrichor.

This term was coined by researchers I.J. Bear and R.G. Thomas and is derived from the Greek petros (stone) plus ichor (the fluid that supposedly flows through the veins of the Greek mythological gods).

When I discover which word means the scent of water on feathers in a musty room I will be sure to let you know.

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