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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Examples of venom in a Sentence

Noun

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

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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 Dear Cathy, The information on possums being immune to rattlesnake venom was especially good news. Cathy M. Rosenthal, San Antonio Express-News, "Readers share how they accommodate wildlife," 13 Apr. 2018 Jack Pitney, a professor of politics at Claremont McKenna College and former Republican congressional aide, attributed some of Trump's enduring venom to anger over his popular vote loss. Alexei Koseff, sacbee, "Trump runs for reelection against California: 'The place is totally out of control' | The Sacramento Bee," 13 Mar. 2018 After doses of anti-venom and days in the hospital, Finley is recovering. Chrishayla Smith, ajc, "Copperhead snake bites Oklahoma toddler," 12 July 2018 Each vial of anti-venom costs a patient approximately $20,000. Caroline Judelson, Fox News, "Boy, 8, gets 18 doses of anti-venom after painful snake bite," 10 July 2018 Unless victims have an existing allergy to insect bites, their venom should only result in temporary swelling and localized pain, and is not considered harmful to humans. Margeaux Sippell, BostonGlobe.com, "It has 30 legs and hides in your basement in summer. Don’t kill it," 26 June 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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