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sulfurous

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

Simple Definition of sulfurous

  • chemistry : of, relating to, or containing sulfur

Full Definition of sulfurous

  1. 1a :  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. 2a :  of, relating to, or dealing with the fire of hell :  infernalb :  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.

15th Century

First Known Use of sulfurous

15th century

Variants of sulfurous

also sul·phu·rous play \ˈsəl-fə-rəs, -fyə- also especially for 1a ˌsəl-ˈfyu̇r-əs\

Rhymes with sulfurous


Medical Dictionary

sulfurous

adjective sul·fu·rous

Medical Definition of sulfurous

  1. 1:  of, relating to, or containing sulfur especially with a lower valence than sulfuric compounds <sulfurous esters>

  2. 2:  resembling or emanating from sulfur and especially burning sulfur



Variants of sulfurous

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

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