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venom

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noun ven·om \ˈve-nəm\

Definition of venom

  1. 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. 2 :  a spiteful malicious feeling or state of mind :  extreme ill will :  malevolence

Examples of venom in a Sentence

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

  2. He spewed venom against his rival.

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Origin and Etymology of venom

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


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venom

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Definition of venom

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  envenom

Origin and Etymology of venom

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



VENOM Defined for English Language Learners

venom

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Definition of venom for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

venom

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noun ven·om \ˈve-nəm\

Definition of venom for Students

  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. :  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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