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

Recent Examples on the Web

An Arkansas photographer captured a venomous copperhead snake devouring a cicada that had just emerged from its shell at Ozark National Forest earlier this month. Fox News, "Venomous Arkansas snake devours bug in jaw-dropping photos," 29 July 2019 Its venom is the least toxic of the venomous snakes, USA Today reported. Crystal Hill, Indianapolis Star, "A copperhead bit a 7-year-old at a campsite. Here’s what you should know about the snakes.," 15 July 2019 See thousands of non-venomous snakes, lizards, amphibians, spiders, small mammals and more. Luann Gibbs, Cincinnati.com, "Things to do this week in Cincinnati: July 15-21," 14 July 2019 Arizona’s most common venomous snake is the Arizona Western Diamondback, according to Hymes. Claire Rafford, azcentral, "Sanctuary educates people how to safely handle venomous snakes," 28 Feb. 2019 The species is native to Southeast Asia and is non-venomous. Fox News, "200-pound Florida python named 'Ginormica' could reach world-record size, zoo official says," 17 July 2019 That prompted two walkouts in May in support of the name from students at the school, along with a sometimes venomous community dialogue. oregonlive.com, "Idaho high school drops mascot name that is disrespectful of Native Americans," 17 July 2019 Similarly, red lionfish, highly venomous aquarium fish introduced into Florida waters in the late 1980s, have significantly diminished the abundance and diversity of marine life on the state’s coral reefs. Annie Roth, National Geographic, "Why you should never release exotic pets into the wild," 3 July 2019 The southern state is home to dozens of snakes species, including several venomous reptiles. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "'Famous' North Carolina 'Zombie' Snake Species Likes to Play Dead Before Striking Repeatedly," 11 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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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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