Definition of brimstone in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈbrɪmst(ə)n
, -stəʊn/


  • 1 [mass noun] archaic Sulphur.
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    • And still the wall of steam and brimstone advanced…
    • The smell of blood and brimstone filled the air.
    • No creatures reeking of brimstone entered our church.
  • 2A bright yellow butterfly or moth:
    • (also brimstone butterfly) a European butterfly of the white family, the male of which is yellow and the female greenish-white (Gonepteryx rhamni, family Pieridae). (also brimstone moth) a small yellow European moth (Opisthograptis luteolata, family Geometridae).
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    • Reminding me of an animated daffodil, a male brimstone butterfly flits through the sun-dappled shade.
    • And who wouldn't enjoy the sight of the first brimstone of the year eagerly supping at a garden primrose.
    • Many interesting moths showed throughout this year including the Brimstone.


late Old English brynstān, probably from bryne 'burning' + stān 'stone'.

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