non·​ven·​om·​ous | \ ˌnän-ˈve-nə-məs How to pronounce nonvenomous (audio) \

Definition of nonvenomous

: not venomous a nonvenomous snake

Examples of nonvenomous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Rainbow snakes are harmless (nonvenomous), according to the museum. Jordan Culver, USA TODAY, "A rare, 'cryptic' rainbow snake was spotted in a Florida forest for the first time since 1969," 25 Feb. 2020 The green anaconda is nonvenomous but may bite if frightened, the SPCA warned on Facebook. Fox News, "New York man finds missing anaconda in van dashboard," 18 July 2019 Bullsnakes, also known as gopher snakes, are nonvenomous and can grow 4-8 feet in length, according to Minnesota Wildlife Control. Fox News, "Giant bullsnake found in Minnesota home’s bathtub, officials say," 10 July 2019 Texas Parks and Wildlife Texas indigo snakes are nonvenomous and are actually immune to rattlesnake venom, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "When a 6-foot snake slithered out of his toilet, dad knocked son over running away, he says," 12 June 2018 And as the parks division said, these nonvenomous snakes are harmless. Michelle Lou, CNN, "'Zombie snakes' in North Carolina are a lot less scary than they sound," 11 June 2019 According to the Observer, the snake was identified as a nonvenomous brown water snake by the North Carolina Zoo. Fox News, "Snake struggles to swallow catfish whole, graphic images show: ‘Not something you see every day'," 7 June 2019 After releasing Udon, the nonvenomous training snake, from his bucket, Hymes began to handle the snake. Claire Rafford, azcentral, "Sanctuary educates people how to safely handle venomous snakes," 28 Feb. 2019 The nonvenomous spotted python even grew accustomed to its new high-altitude environment, shedding its skin during the flight, according to the Australian Broadcast Corporation. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Python on Plane Travels from Australia to Scotland Inside Woman's Shoe," 25 Feb. 2019

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1834, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonvenomous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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non·​ven·​om·​ous | \ -ˈven-ə-məs How to pronounce nonvenomous (audio) \

Medical Definition of nonvenomous

: not venomous

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