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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of a compound, containing chlorine with a lower oxidation number than equivalent chloric compounds; especially having an oxidation number of 3.
  • adj. Relating to, or resembling, the electronegative character of chlorine; hence, electronegative; opposed to basylous or zincous.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of, pertaining to, or derived from, chlorine; -- said of those compounds of chlorine in which this element has a valence of three, the next lower than in chloric compounds.
  • adj. Pertaining to, or resembling, the electro-negative character of chlorine; hence, electro-negative; -- opposed to basylous or zincous.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to or containing chlorin; specifically, containing chlorin in larger proportion than chloric compounds: as, chlorous oxid; chlorous acid.

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