One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(An epithet or title of) the Roman god Jupiter as controller of the weather. Chiefly with capital initial.
2A person who fulminates or forcibly criticizes or denounces.
3A compound or device that can be used to produce a small explosion.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Samuel Purchas (bap. 1577, d. 1626), geographical editor and compiler and Church of England clergyman. Originally from classical Latin fulminātor (as a title of Jupiter) hurler of thunderbolts (2nd cent. a.d.) from fulmināt-, past participial stem of fulmināre + -or.
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