how to say “a smell” in Hebrew

רֵיחַ

The basic Hebrew word for a smell is ריח .

The ריח can be pleasant:

על טעם וריח אין להתווכח.

You can’t argue about (personal) taste and smell.

Or it could be nasty:

יש כאן ריח של דג רקוב.

There’s a smell here of rotten fish.

And to smell? It depends on what you mean. If it’s to smell as in to smell the roses, the word is the active-causative הפעיל verb להריח . But if the object itself smells because it’s… rotten fish, the word is להסריח , also a הפעיל verb.

ריח is related to the word רוח – wind or spirit.

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