This is a variant of ptr N-t057 used when the word ends in a guttural (not א).

Some masculine nouns, having a guttural as their last consonant, match this pattern in their absolute and construct form.

[Sol 2:13]smell, scent, odorרֵיחַ / ריח
[Lev 1:9]smell of quietingרֵיחַ נִיחוֹחַ / ריח
[#]thoughtשֵֹיחַ / שיח
[#](the) thought of my motherשֵֹיחַ אִמִּי / שיח

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