sulfurous

adjective
sul·​fu·​rous | \ ˈsəl-fə-rəs How to pronounce sulfurous (audio) , -fyə- also (especially for sense 1a) ˌsəl-ˈfyu̇r-əs \
variants: or chiefly British sulphurous

Definition of sulfurous

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
2a : of, relating to, or dealing with the fire of hell : infernal
b : scathing, virulent sulfurous denunciations
c : profane, blasphemous sulfurous language

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Other Words from sulfurous

sulfurously adverb
sulfurousness noun

Is it sulfur or sulphur?: Usage Guide

The spelling sulfur predominates in U.S. 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.

Examples of sulfurous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Supplies of more sulfurous oil from the Middle East that are favored by a majority of Asian refiners should begin to tighten due to the production curbs. Serene Cheong, Bloomberg.com, "Swift OPEC+ Cuts Revive Premiums in Asia Physical Oil Market," 20 May 2020 What happened to the outside world, which viewers see as a sulfurous wasteland, isn’t explained; the action is confined to a crumbling apartment building, where a cruel landlord butchers his tenants to sell as meat. David Sims, The Atlantic, "22 Movies About the End of the World to Watch Now," 18 Apr. 2020 Given the sulfurous volcanic mists that often swirl in dense clouds, Wallenda will wear a pair of goggles to protect his eyes. Billy Cox, USA TODAY, "'Volcano Live!' Daredevil Nik Wallenda to wirewalk over Nicaraguan volcano Wednesday," 3 Mar. 2020 A few eggs broke during extraction, releasing a sulfurous smell—but one remained intact, making it the only complete egg found from Roman Britain. Sarah Lewin Frasier, Scientific American, "In Case You Missed It," 23 Feb. 2020 The barren landscape — the soil is too sulfurous for plants — and the shifting mists lent the entire scene a Kurosawa-like foreboding. Eva Sohlman, New York Times, "Forged by Volcanoes, Kamchatka Offers Majestic, Magnetic Wilds," 7 Oct. 2019 As the celebratory fog cleared and dozens had joined the winner to offer congratulations, there's a sulfurous whiff from the pyrotechnics. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, "'The Voice' finale: 6 things you didn't see on TV (including an earthquake warning)," 18 Dec. 2019 Vents on Bogoslof Island continue to spew mud, steam and sulfurous gases two years after an eruption sent ash clouds into the path of jetliners passing over the Bering Sea. Washington Post, "Home sweet volcano: Alaska fur seals thrive at unlikely spot," 4 Oct. 2019 Vents on Bogoslof Island continue to spew mud, steam and sulfurous gases two years after an eruption sent ash clouds into the path of jetliners passing over the Bering Sea. Dan Joling, Anchorage Daily News, "Home sweet volcano: Alaska fur seals thrive in an unlikely spot," 4 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of sulfurous

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Sulfurous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sulfurous. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for sulfurous

sulfurous

adjective
How to pronounce sulfurous (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of sulfurous

chemistry : of, relating to, or containing sulfur

sulfurous

adjective
sul·​fu·​rous
variants: also sulphurous \ ˈsəl-​fə-​rəs \

Kids Definition of sulfurous

: containing or suggesting sulfur a sulfurous odor

sulfurous

adjective
sul·​fu·​rous
variants: or chiefly British sulphurous \ ˈsəl-​f(y)ə-​rəs, also especially for 1 ˌsəl-​ˈfyu̇r-​əs \

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

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