non·​ven·​om·​ous ˌnän-ˈve-nə-məs How to pronounce nonvenomous (audio)
: not venomous
a nonvenomous snake

Examples of nonvenomous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The nonvenomous 17-foot constrictor then tried to wrap herself around the sweating Kirkland, who slipped through coil after coil. Max G. Levy, WIRED, 18 Aug. 2023 Rat snakes are nonvenomous and common across much of Texas. Sarah Bahari, Dallas News, 10 Aug. 2023 Also, many nonvenomous snakes—along with copperheads and cottonmouths—will shake their tails when frightened. Cole Sikes Communications and Marketing Specialist Alabama Cooperative Extension System, al, 25 Apr. 2023 So your chances of coming across a nonvenomous one are pretty good. Nancy Clanton, ajc, 20 Apr. 2023 The snakes, both venomous and nonvenomous, included king cobras, spitting cobras, black and green mambas, rattlesnakes and pythons with the largest being a 14-foot Burmese python, Jennifer Harris, a spokeswoman for the Charles County government, said in January. Washington Post, 14 Apr. 2022 According to Newsweek, reticulated pythons, which are nonvenomous, can grow to be 20 feet long and are native to Southeast Asia. Kelli Bender, Peoplemag, 10 Jan. 2023 Boa constrictors are nonvenomous snakes that kill their prey by squeezing them in their strong coils. Forrest Brown, CNN, 6 Jan. 2023 Burmese pythons are nonvenomous constrictors that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has deemed an invasive species. Li Cohen, CBS News, 12 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1834, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nonvenomous was in 1834

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“Nonvenomous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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non·​ven·​om·​ous -ˈven-ə-məs How to pronounce nonvenomous (audio)
: not venomous

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