venomous

adjective
ven·​om·​ous | \ ˈve-nə-məs How to pronounce venomous (audio) \

Definition of venomous

1 : producing venom in a specialized gland and capable of inflicting injury or death venomous snakes
2 : full of venom: such as
b : noxious, pernicious expose a venomous dope ring— Don Porter
c : spiteful, malevolent venomous criticism

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Other Words from venomous

venomously adverb
venomousness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for venomous

Synonyms

envenomed, poison, poisoned, poisonous, toxic

Antonyms

nonpoisonous, nontoxic, nonvenomous

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Examples of venomous in a Sentence

The cobra is a venomous snake. a venomous attack on his character

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Though some stonefish are venomous, the saber is not. Aj Willingham, CNN, "Stonefish are already scary, and now scientists have found they have switchblades in their heads," 12 Apr. 2018 In 2006, with Ward Wheeler, Smith found that more than 1200 species of fish are venomous, compared to previous estimates of 200. Troy Farah, Smithsonian, "Why Did a Venomous Fish Evolve a Glowing Eye Spike?," 29 Mar. 2018 Their natural defense against predators is the venomous spine on their tails. Cassie Armstrong, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Two stingray pups born at Brevard Zoo," 18 May 2018 The fish, which ambushes prey from the sea floor, also sports venomous spines and an electric shock. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Why These Bumblebees Are Wearing Itty-Bitty QR Codes," 3 Apr. 2018 Lenù's opportunity to go to continue to middle school sets her parents—prideful, stern Vittorio and venomous, impatient Immacolata—against each other in one of many screaming matches over their daughter's future, behavior, and comportment. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "In My Brilliant Friend, Education Offers a Dangerous Escape from Poverty," 20 Nov. 2018 Weaverfish, lionfish and stonefish deploy venomous spines to avoid becoming another fish’s dinner. The Economist, "The secret life of fish," 10 May 2018 From poison ivy to venomous snakes and spiders, Fisher's four kids learned it all. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "Mom warns of copperhead snakes after toddler is seriously injured by venomous serpent," 2 Oct. 2018 Here in Australia, families with kids regularly camp in the bush where there are feral pigs, dingoes and several species of snakes more venomous than a rattlesnake. Scientific American, "Readers Respond to the December 2017 Issue," 1 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of venomous

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for venomous

Middle English venimous, borrowed from Anglo-French venimus, venimous, from venim venom entry 1 + -us, -ous -ous

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The first known use of venomous was in the 14th century

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venomous

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of venomous

: capable of putting poison or venom into another animal's body usually by biting or stinging it
: containing venom
: expressing very strong hatred or anger

venomous

adjective
ven·​om·​ous | \ ˈve-nə-məs How to pronounce venomous (audio) \

Kids Definition of venomous

: having or producing venom : poisonous venomous snakes

venomous

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

Medical Definition of venomous

1 : poisonous
2 : producing venom in a specialized gland and capable of inflicting injury or death the vipers, pit vipers, and coral snakes are venomous

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