Derivation: From "sulphur" or "sulfur" or "sulpur" (Latin) sulphur
Description: Yellow crystals which smell like fireworks (although really, of course, fireworks smell like sulphur!) Sulphur is also known as brimstone (which means "burning stone"). It is used in making gunpowder. It is very inflammable. It is found near volcanos.
It used to be used for fumigation (purification of houses). It was thought that smells caused diseases and so if you could make your home smell like something else, then the disease would go away!