venom

noun
ven·​om | \ˈve-nəm \

Definition of venom 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a toxic substance produced by some animals (such as snakes, scorpions, or bees) that is injected into prey or an enemy chiefly by biting or stinging and has an injurious or lethal effect broadly : a substance that is poisonous

2 : a spiteful malicious feeling or state of mind : extreme ill will : malevolence

venom

verb
venomed; venoming; venoms

Definition of venom (Entry 2 of 2)

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Synonyms for venom

Synonyms: Noun

bane, poison, toxic, toxin

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Examples of venom in a Sentence

Noun

She spoke of him with venom in her voice. He spewed venom against his rival.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

One reason why bites are rare is that most spiders use their venom exclusively or nearly exclusively on prey rather than for defense. Rob Dunn, Discover Magazine, "Our Attempts to Eradicate Insects are Just Making them Resistant to Pesticides," 16 Nov. 2018 The female of the species is known for stinging unsuspecting cockroaches with a nasty venom that turns the roach into her docile slave. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Cockroaches deliver karate kicks to avoid being turned into “zombies”," 3 Nov. 2018 The venom being spewed seemed to contrast with the support McNew previously gave Morrissey, who prosecutors say worked as a motorcycle mechanic. Vinny Vella, Philly.com, "Threats, rage: Court filings reveal lovers' spat leading to Bucks slaying," 11 July 2018 And anyone undergoing bee sting acupuncture could become sensitized to the venom at any time. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Live bee sting acupuncture is deadly for Madrid woman," 22 Mar. 2018 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 These types of wasps will paralyze a spider using its venom, then lays its eggs on the spider so the hatching larva can eat it and any potential spider eggs. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "'Fierce weapon': New wasp species with giant stinger discovered in Amazon region, scientists say," 9 July 2018 These types of wasps will paralyze a spider using its venom, then lay eggs on the spider so the hatching larva can eat it and any potential spider eggs. Brett Molina, ajc, "Researchers discover in Amazon region a new wasp species with giant stinger," 9 July 2018 The spiders’ venom contains a neurotoxic component, according to the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences. Char Adams, PEOPLE.com, "Woman Bit by Spider Must Pay to Leave Infested Apartment — As Couple Worries About New Renters," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of venom

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for venom

Noun

Middle English venim, borrowed from Anglo-French venim, venyn, going back to Vulgar Latin *venīmen, re-formation of Latin venēmum "magical herb, poison," going back to *wenes-no-m, from *wenes- (whence vener-, venus "sexual desire, qualities exciting desire, charm") + *-no-, instrumental suffix — more at venus

Verb

Middle English venimen, borrowed from Anglo-French venimer, verbal derivative of venim venom entry 1

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The first known use of venom was in the 13th century

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venom

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English Language Learners 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

venom

noun
ven·​om | \ˈve-nəm \

Kids Definition of venom

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

venom

noun
ven·​om | \ˈven-əm \

Medical Definition of venom 

: a toxic substance produced by some animals (as snakes, scorpions, or bees) that is injected into prey or an enemy chiefly by biting or stinging and has an injurious or lethal effect broadly : a substance that is poisonous

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