sulfurous

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

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>

sulfurously

adverb

sulfurousness

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

less commonly

sulphurous


SULFUROUS Defined for English Language Learners

sulfurous

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

Definition of sulfurous for English Language Learners

  • chemistry : of, relating to, or containing sulfur


SULFUROUS Defined for Kids

sulfurous

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adjective sul·fu·rous \ˈsəl-fə-rəs\

Definition of sulfurous for Students

  1. :  containing or suggesting sulfur <a sulfurous odor>

Variants of sulfurous

also

sulphurous

\ˈsəl-fə-rəs\

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

sulphurous

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