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


envenomed, poison, poisoned, poisonous, toxic


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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Another 11 are not only non-venomous but can play a part in keeping your yard free of rodents and pests. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "See the endangered, venomous and non-venomous snakes in Texas," 2 July 2019 Pet owners should worry about every venomous snake here in Florida,'' trapper Bob Cross told WOFL. Stephen Ruiz,, "Rattlesnake kills Volusia woman’s dog: report," 28 June 2019 Her apartment complex in Fairless Hills, about 30 miles northeast of Philadelphia, is the same one where officials removed 20 venomous snakes from another apartment in March., "Pennsylvania woman uses a shovel to kill 5-foot-long venomous cobra slithering on her apartment patio," 25 June 2019 In March, officials removed 20 venomous snakes from a neighboring apartment, including 12 cobras. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, "Brave grandma kills 4.5-foot-long cobra with shovel to protect neighborhood kids," 25 June 2019 Both venomous, the two snake species are also used by circus entertainers for acts such as snake charming, kissing the snake, dancing with the snake, and wrapping the snake around the performer’s neck or waist. Maurice Oniang'o, National Geographic, "Rare vipers are being poached in Kenya—but some people are grateful," 4 Apr. 2019 Although infrequently seen at the Mall, copperheads — which are venomous, but rarely have fatal bites — are common in the Washington area, the Park Service said. Rachel Chason, Washington Post, "It’s copperhead mating season. One of the snakes was spotted near the Mall this week.," 24 May 2018 And the males are venomous, too, with spurs on their back legs that inflict pain as ferocious as a hundred hornet stings, according to researchers. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "Platypuses sweat milk from their bellies — and it could help save us from superbugs, scientists say | Miami Herald," 16 Mar. 2018 The copperhead is the most common of the three venomous snakes known to inhabit the state, according to the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. Fox News, "Pennsylvania woman bitten by venomous snake while doing laundry," 19 June 2019

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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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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


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

Kids Definition of venomous

: having or producing venom : poisonous venomous snakes


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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