[suhl-fer-uh s, suhl-fyoo r-uh s]
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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. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of sulphurous

  • There was a terrible, sulphurous smell, like rotten eggs, and a tremendous pressure against my chest.

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    Swallowed by a Hippo

    Justin Green

    May 6, 2013

Historical Examples of sulphurous

British Dictionary definitions for sulphurous


  1. Also: sulphureous of, relating to, or resembling sulphura sulphurous colour
  2. of or containing sulphur with an oxidation state of 4sulphurous acid
  3. of or relating to hellfire
  4. hot-tempered
Derived Formssulphurously, adverbsulphurousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for sulphurous

see sulfurous.

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