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sulfurous

adjective sul·fu·rous \ˈsəl-fə-rəs, -fyə- also especially for 1a ˌsəl-ˈfyr-əs\

chemistry : of, relating to, or containing sulfur

Full Definition of SULFUROUS

1
a :  of, relating to, or containing sulfur especially with a lower valence than sulfuric compounds <sulfurous esters>
b :  resembling or emanating from sulfur and especially burning sulfur
2
a :  of, relating to, or dealing with the fire of hell :  infernal
b :  scathing, virulent <sulfurous denunciations>
c :  profane, blasphemous <sulfurous language>
sul·fu·rous·ly adverb
sul·fu·rous·ness noun

Usage Discussion of SULFUROUS

The spelling sulfur predominates in United States technical usage, while both sulfur and sulphur are common in general usage. British usage tends to favor sulphur for all applications. The same pattern is seen in most of the words derived from sulfur.

Variants of SULFUROUS

sul·fu·rous also sul·phu·rous \ˈsəl-fə-rəs, -fyə- also especially for 1a ˌsəl-ˈfyr-əs\
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First Known Use of SULFUROUS

15th century

Rhymes with SULFUROUS

SULFUROUS Defined for Kids

sulfurous

adjective sul·fu·rous \ˈsəl-fə-rəs\

Definition of SULFUROUS for Kids

:  containing or suggesting sulfur <a sulfurous odor>

Variants of SULFUROUS

sul·fu·rous also sul·phu·rous \ˈsəl-fə-rəs\
Medical Dictionary

sulfurous

adjective sul·fu·rous

Medical Definition of SULFUROUS

1
:  of, relating to, or containing sulfur especially with a lower valence than sulfuric compounds <sulfurous esters>
2
:  resembling or emanating from sulfur and especially burning sulfur

Variants of SULFUROUS

sul·fu·rous or chiefly British sul·phu·rous \ˈsəl-f(y)ə-rəs, also especially for 1 ˌsəl-ˈfyr-əs\

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