venomous

adjective ven·om·ous \ ˈve-nə-məs \

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

venomously

adverb

venomousness

noun

Examples of venomous in a Sentence

  1. The cobra is a venomous snake.

  2. a venomous attack on his character

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Origin and Etymology of venomous

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


VENOMOUS Defined for English Language Learners

venomous

adjective

Definition of venomous for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

venomous

adjective ven·om·ous \ ˈve-nə-məs \

Definition of venomous for Students

:having or producing venom :poisonous
  • venomous snakes

Medical Dictionary

venomous

adjective ven·om·ous \ ˈven-ə-məs \

medical Definition of venomous

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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