[suhl-fer-uh s, suhl-fyoo r-uh s]


pertaining to the fires of hell; hellish or satanic.
fiery or heated.

Nearby words

  1. sulphuretted hydrogen,
  2. sulphuric,
  3. sulphuric acid,
  4. sulphurise,
  5. sulphurize,
  6. sulphurous acid,
  7. sulphurously,
  8. sulphuryl,
  9. sulpician,
  10. sultan

Origin of sulphurous

First recorded in 1520–30; spelling variant of sulfurous

Related formssul·phur·ous·ly, adverbsul·phur·ous·ness, nounnon·sul·phur·ous, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sulphurous



Also: sulphureous of, relating to, or resembling sulphura sulphurous colour
of or containing sulphur with an oxidation state of 4sulphurous acid
of or relating to hellfire
Derived Formssulphurously, adverbsulphurousness, noun

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Word Origin and History for sulphurous



see sulfurous.

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