I'm not looking for words like "freshness" for example, but a word that is used exclusively to denote this specific smell.

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    What does the morning smell like? – Kaiser Octavius Jun 19 '13 at 13:55
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    Some love the smell of napalm in the morning, some wake up and smell the coffee ;) – mplungjan Jun 19 '13 at 14:14
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    ...it smells like victory. – T.E.D. Jun 19 '13 at 15:03
  • No, there's no specific word. Did you have an indication there might be such a word (like there's a word for the smell or dusk (no it's not 'dusky')) or were you just curious? – Mitch Jun 19 '13 at 16:28
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    Re loamy, also see petrichor, “the scent of rain on dry earth” – James Waldby - jwpat7 Jun 19 '13 at 17:34

The smell of the early morning is usually described as dewy.

(An interesting related discussion: Why does the morning smell so good?)


While not explicitly limited to morning, the phrase new-mown hay is often associated with early morning smells, as in this folk song

As I strolled out one bright new morn,

All under the new mown hay, O,

I there did espy a fair pretty maid,

Under the new-mown hay, O, under the new-mown hay.