Middle English Dictionary Entry

brim-stōn n.
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Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

(a) The mineral sulphur; (b) quik ~, native or virgin sulphur; ded ~, sulphur which has been rendered inert; poudre of ~, flowers of sulphur; ~ water, water containing sulphur.
(a) Theol. Burning sulphur; (b) alch. sulphur as embodying the 'spirit of fire' in metals.

Supplemental Materials (draft)

  • ?c1400(1379) Daniel *Treat.Uroscopy (Roy 17.D.1)f.53vb (2.7) : When he made water, it steynede þe wawis like ȝelow brunstoun..& thike as eny horse pisse, in so mykel þat 7 daies after were þe wawes dyede of his vryn.
Note: Additional quot., sense 1.(a). New spelling: brunstoun.