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

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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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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 Stonefish, Smith told Discovery, are some of the most venomous fishes on Earth. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "This Fish Has a Switchblade on Its Face," 14 Apr. 2018 Read on for a look at some of the most venomous spiders found in the United States and what symptoms appear if you’re bitten. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Brown recluse, black widow and other dangerous spiders found in the US," 10 July 2018 Angela Wright and her fiancée, Victoria Owen, had been living in their Brentwood, Tennessee, apartment for about two months when the home became overrun by venomous brown recluse spiders. Char Adams,, "Woman Bit by Venomous Spider Discovers Dozens More in Her Apartment: 'We Kept Finding Handfuls'," 9 July 2018 In New York, a man trying to jump start his car was surprised to encounter the telltale sound of a venomous timber rattlesnake curled up on the battery, according to the Associated Press. Scott Berson, charlotteobserver, "Snake slithers out of trash and up Tennessee woman's leg as she drives to the dump," 21 June 2018 To hunters who join snake roundups for fundraisers and family entertainment, Pennsylvania’s venomous rattlesnakes are just like dogs. Aubrey Nagle,, "Protesters rally in Rittenhouse Square, Senior Week puts the 'wild' in Wildwood | Morning Newsletter," 20 June 2018 Although non-venomous, the snake's bite may cause bleeding. William Axford, Houston Chronicle, "North Texas teacher wrangles snake that invaded elementary school," 14 May 2018 Casson Thomas, an 8-year-old from New Smyrna Beach, Fla., had the scare of a lifetime after being bitten by a venomous snake on July 4. Caroline Judelson, Fox News, "Boy, 8, gets 18 doses of anti-venom after painful snake bite," 10 July 2018

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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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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 \

Kids Definition of venomous

: having or producing venom : poisonous venomous snakes


ven·​om·​ous | \ ˈven-ə-məs \

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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