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[suhl-fyoo r-uh s, suhl-fer-] /sʌlˈfyʊər əs, ˈsʌl fər-/
of, relating to, or containing sulfur, especially in the tetravalent state.
of the yellow color of sulfur.
sulphurous (defs 2, 3).
Origin of sulfurous
1520-30; < Latin sulfurōsus. See sulfur, -ous
Related forms
sulfurously, adverb
sulfurousness, noun
nonsulfurous, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sulfurous
  • While common, these crudes are sulfurous and require more refining and expense to turn into valuable fuels such as gasoline.
  • Duck through a low tunnel into the cave, with its wide pool of clear sulfurous water.
  • Large eruptions do change atmospheric composition especially due to the sulfurous dust they generate in the stratosphere.
  • Sometimes the proteins turn yellow or brown, though, or acquire a strong odor-from mushroomy to acidic or sulfurous.
  • Skunks and zorilles mimic the sulfurous, anoxic stink of a swamp.
  • Even so, geography emits a sulfurous odor of heresy.
  • sulfurous acid can be manufactured by oxidizing elemental sulfur in a burner chamber with pressurized water.
  • Especially sulfurous materials was removed completely.
Word Origin and History for sulfurous

also sulfurous, 1520s, "of the nature of brimstone," from sulfur + -ous. Hence figurative use with suggestions of hellfire (c.1600). Scientific chemistry sense is from 1790. Earlier in the "brimstone-like" sense was sulphurious (late 15c.).

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sulfurous in Medicine

sulfurous sul·fur·ous (sŭl'fər-əs, -fyər-, sŭl-fyur'əs)

  1. Of, relating to, derived from, or containing sulfur, especially with valence 4.

  2. Characteristic of or emanating from burning sulfur.

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sulfurous in Science
  (sŭl'fər-əs, sŭl-fyr'əs)   
  1. Containing sulfur, especially sulfur with a valence of 4 or 3. Compare sulfuric.

  2. Characteristic of or emanating from burning sulfur.

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