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

Other Words from venomous

venomously adverb
venomousness noun

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Examples of venomous in a Sentence

The cobra is a venomous snake. a venomous attack on his character
Recent Examples on the Web The trailer shows the group has upped their game with huge explosions, venomous snakes, slaps, punches, bulls, treadmills and pranks. Marianne Garvey, CNN, 11 Jan. 2022 The trailer also teases stunts with raging bulls, venomous rattlesnakes, and some not-very-nice-looking tarantulas. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 10 Jan. 2022 Even though boomslangs are the most venomous snake in the country, cobras and mambas have faster-acting venom. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 15 Dec. 2021 Gordon Ramsay visited south-central Texas and ended up herding cattle via helicopter, hunted venomous rattlesnakes in the backcountry, and went on a night hunt for feral hogs. Jim Dobson, Forbes, 8 May 2021 And these dental anchors have taken on another function in venomous species, the researchers say. Riley Black, Scientific American, 18 Oct. 2021 Bull rays are mostly docile creatures, but their stinging spine is venomous. New York Times, 25 Nov. 2021 The puss caterpillar is one of the most venomous caterpillars in the U.S., according to National Geographic. Garfield Hylton,, 25 Aug. 2021 Spurdogs are slender sharks named after the venomous spines found in front of their dorsal fins that are used on predators, according to Wildlife Trusts. Vanessa Etienne,, 11 Nov. 2021

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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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23 Jan 2022

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“Venomous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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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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