a virago; shrew.

before 1150; Middle English brinston, etc., late Old English brynstān. See burn1, stone

brimstony, adjective Unabridged
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brimstone (ˈbrɪmˌstəʊn)
1.  an obsolete name for sulphur
2.  a common yellow butterfly, Gonepteryx rhamni, of N temperate regions of the Old World: family Pieridae
3.  archaic a scolding nagging woman; virago
[Old English brynstān; related to Old Norse brennistein; see burn1, stone]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. brynstan, from brin- stem of brinnen "to burn" + stan "stone." Formerly "sulphur," now restricted to biblical usage. The O.N. cognate brennusteinn meant "amber," as does Ger. Bernstein.
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Brimstone definition

an inflammable mineral substance found in quantities on the shores of the Dead Sea. The cities of the plain were destroyed by a rain of fire and brimstone (Gen. 19:24, 25). In Isa. 34:9 allusion is made to the destruction of these cities. This word figuratively denotes destruction or punishment (Job 18:15; Isa. 30:33; 34:9; Ps. 11:6; Ezek. 38:22). It is used to express the idea of excruciating torment in Rev. 14:10; 19:20; 20:10.

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