poisonous

adjective poi·son·ous \ ˈpȯiz-nəs , ˈpȯi-zᵊn-əs \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of poisonous

2 a :having the properties or effects of poison
  • poisonous gas
b :producing a toxic substance that causes injury or death when absorbed or ingested
  • poisonous mushrooms
; also :venomous
  • a poisonous spider

poisonously

adverb

Examples of poisonous in a Sentence

  1. Chocolate is poisonous to dogs.

  2. This species of spider is extremely poisonous.

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First Known Use of poisonous

15th century


POISONOUS Defined for English Language Learners

poisonous

adjective

Definition of poisonous for English Language Learners

  • : causing sickness or death by entering or touching the body : containing poison

  • : capable of putting poison into another animal's body by biting it

  • : very harmful or unpleasant


POISONOUS Defined for Kids

poisonous

adjective poi·son·ous \ ˈpȯi-zᵊn-əs \

Definition of poisonous for Students

:containing poison :having or causing an effect of poison
  • poisonous mushrooms

Medical Dictionary

poisonous

adjective poi·son·ous \ ˈpȯiz-nəs, -ᵊn-əs \

medical Definition of poisonous

1 :having the properties or effects of poison
  • poisonous gas
2 :producing a toxic substance that causes injury or death when absorbed or ingested
  • poisonous frogs and plants
; also :venomous


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