Sulphurous Sul"phur*ous, a. [L. sulphurosus, sulfurosus: cf. F. sulfureux.] 1. Of or pertaining to sulphur. [1913 Webster]

2. (Chem.) (a) Derived from, or containing, sulphur; specifically, designating those compounds in which the element has a lower valence as contrasted with the sulphuric compounds. (b) Having the characteristic odor of sulphur dioxide, or of hydrogen sulphide, or of other sulphur compounds. [1913 Webster]

{Sulphurous acid}. (a) Sulphur dioxide. See under {Sulphur}. [Obs.] (b) An acid, {H2SO3}, not known in the free state except as a solution of sulphur dioxide in water, but forming a well-known series of salts (the sulphites).

{Sulphurous anhydride} (Chem.), sulphur dioxide. See under {Sulphur}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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