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brimstone:

see sulfursulfur
or sulphur
, nonmetallic chemical element; symbol S; at. no. 16; interval in which at. wt. ranges 32.059–32.076; m.p. 112.8°C; (rhombic), 119.0°C; (monoclinic), about 120°C; (amorphous); b.p. 444.674°C;; sp. gr. at 20°C;, 2.07 (rhombic), 1.
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Brimstone

(pop culture)
Raining fire and panic upon the scurrying populace who woefully find themselves in his lumbering path, the 50-foot terror called Brimstone is the DC Comics-equivalent of Godzilla—a creature that exists solely to destroy. Brimstone blazed into the DC Universe in Legends #1 (1986), the miniseries in which the evil despot Darkseid of Apokolips attempts to eliminate earthly opposition by eroding the public's confidence in its superheroes. Darkseid's obsequious envoy, the sadistic Desaad, sabotaged a S.T.A.R. Labs nuclear generator to explode, as a result creating Brimstone, a 60,000-pound behemoth possessing some degree of sentience. Programmed with the conviction that it is a fallen angel, Brimstone cuts a swath across the DC Universe with its fiery sword and generation of intense heat. The Justice League of America, Firestorm the Nuclear Man, and the Suicide Squad have narrowly avoided meltdowns in their conflicts with Brimstone. The creature has on several occasions been eliminated, but is capable of regeneration—and repeated devastation. Brimstone shambled onto television in the “Initiation” episode of the Cartoon Network's Justice League Unlimited (2004–present). In its TV incarnation, the creature was the out-of-control creation of Chinese inventor Chong-Mi, with Justice League recruits including Green Arrow and Captain Atom taking down the fiery beast.

Brimstone

 

(Gonopteryx rhamni), a butterfly of the family Pieridae. The wings are angular, with a span of up to 6 cm. The males are lemon yellow, and the females are greenish white. In the middle of each wing there is a small orange-yellow spot. The brimstone is found throughout Europe and the temperate zone of Asia. Soon after the butterflies emerge from the pupae at the end of summer, they go into hibernation. Flight is resumed in early spring. The caterpillar, which is green with a white stripe along its sides, feeds on buckthorn leaves.

brimstone

[′brim‚stōn]
(mineralogy)
A common or commercial name for native sulfur.

brimstone

1. an obsolete name for sulphur
2. a common yellow butterfly, Gonepteryx rhamni, of N temperate regions of the Old World: family Pieridae
References in classic literature ?
He was a tall but thin and wiry man, nearly as old as Brimstone, with a very pale face and hands stained a deep blue.
He then took a jaunt to Boston to purchase medicines, and, as some intimated, to walk the hospital; we know not how the latter might have been, but, if true, he soon walked through it, for he returned within a fortnight, bringing with him a suspicious-looking box, that smelled powerfully of brimstone.
The Doctor has been dabbling in some of the old brimstone after all.
When they had gone through fourteen or fifteen verses of a cheerful ballad about a murderer who was afraid to go to bed in the dark because he saw certain brimstone flames around him, one of the male milkers said--
As thus: "If your father, Bart, had lived longer, he might have been worth a deal of money--you brimstone chatterer
But you can't take two without a doctor; one's quite enough to make you smell the brimstone.
Now all he had anticipated was come to pass: the Vicar felt the satisfaction of the prophet who saw fire and brimstone consume the city which would not mend its way to his warning.
I sauntered on the road back to Barkingham for about five minutes, then struck off sharp for the plantation, lighted my lantern with the help of my cigar and a brimstone match of that barbarous period, shut down the slide again, and made for the garden wall.
Don't think, young man, that we go to the expense of flower of brimstone and molasses, just to purify them; because if you think we carry on the business in that way, you'll find yourself mistaken, and so I tell you plainly.
They who strew the Eternal Path with the greatest amount of brimstone, and who most ruthlessly tread down the flowers and leaves that grow by the wayside, will be voted the most righteous; and they who enlarge with the greatest pertinacity on the difficulty of getting into heaven, will be considered by all true believers certain of going there: though it would be hard to say by what process of reasoning this conclusion is arrived at.
Then, stepping into his extended hand, and condescending to be held out at arm's length, he gave vent to a succession of sounds, not unlike the drawing of some eight or ten dozen of long corks, and again asserted his brimstone birth and parentage with great distinctness.
But, when he is trimmed, smoothed, and varnished, according to the mode; when he is aweary of vice, and aweary of virtue, used up as to brimstone, and used up as to bliss; then, whether he take to the serving out of red tape, or to the kindling of red fire, he is the very Devil.