Definition of sulphurous in English:


Line breaks: sul¦phur|ous
Pronunciation: /ˈsʌlf(ə)rəs
(US sulfurous)


  • 1(Chiefly of vapour) containing or derived from sulphur: wafts of sulphurous fumes
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    • The hot thermal pools are fringed by extraordinarily colourful mineral deposits, while sulphurous steam percolates all around.
    • The air is filled with sulphurous gas, the streets are covered with debris from fireworks and rivers are defiled by chemicals.
    • Water, carbon dioxide, and sulphurous gases are common volcanic gases.
  • 1.1Like sulphur in colour; pale yellow: sulphurous yellow lichen
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    • A modest, horizontal rectangle, its center is occupied by a carefully modulated gray scale, shading from light to dark and gently contained on either side by a narrow bar of dry, sulfurous yellow.
    • As I looked around the theater, the lights half up to a sulfurous yellow gloom after the dancers' exit, I wondered what, in fact, people actually do think about in these circumstances.
    • An upthrust mountain at center is bathed in an explosion of sulfurous yellow rising above a vaporous veil of green, with the pale-lavender light of something like moonrise off to the right.
  • 2Marked by anger or profanity: a sulphurous glance
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    • The truth is that their anonymous campaigns are born, not out of doing good but out of a sulphurous mixture of envy, resentment and moral cowardice.
    • But when the awkward experiment with new language brings no instant reward, he too would retreat to the comfort zone where the Tories fought the last election - in sulphurous clouds of fear, crime, immigration, Europe and mayhem.
    • A stylish, sulphurous first feature from director Jose Enrique Fonseca, Man Of The Year (O Homem Do Ano), offers further proof that Brazil is a country whose cinema demands closer investigation.


late Middle English: from Latin sulphurosus, from sulphur (see sulphur).

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