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venom

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noun ven·om \ˈve-nəm\

Simple Definition of venom

  • : poison that is produced by an animal (such as a snake) and used to kill or injure another animal usually through biting or stinging

  • : a very strong feeling of anger or hatred

Full Definition of venom

  1. 1 :  poisonous matter normally secreted by some animals (as snakes, scorpions, or bees) and transmitted to prey or an enemy chiefly by biting or stinging; broadly :  material that is poisonous

  2. 2 :  ill will, malevolence

Examples of venom

  1. She spoke of him with venom in her voice.

  2. He spewed venom against his rival.



Origin of venom

Middle English venim, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin *venimen, alteration of Latin venenum magic charm, drug, poison; akin to Latin venus love, charm — more at win


First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with venom


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venom

verb ven·om

Definition of venom

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  envenom



14th Century

First Known Use of venom

14th century



VENOM Defined for Kids

venom

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noun ven·om \ˈve-nəm\

Definition of venom

  1. :  poison produced by an animal (as a snake or scorpion) and passed to a victim usually by biting or stinging




Medical Dictionary

venom

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noun ven·om \ˈven-əm\

Medical Definition of venom

  1. :  poisonous matter normally secreted by some animals (as snakes, scorpions, or bees) and transmitted to prey or an enemy chiefly by biting or stinging





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