from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of, relating to, derived from, or containing sulfur, especially with valence 4.
  • adjective Characteristic of or emanating from burning sulfur.
  • adjective Fiery; hellish.

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  • adjective Containing sulfur.
  • adjective chemistry Of, or relating to sulfur, especially in its lower oxidation state.

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  • adjective harsh or corrosive in tone
  • adjective characterized by oppressive heat and humidity
  • adjective of or related to or containing sulfur or derived from sulfur


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  • And at the top, the hoses would cough a sulfurous pall into the sky.

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  • Glass was everywhere, and a weird, sulfurous smell made me gag.



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