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

Examples of venomous in a Sentence

The cobra is a venomous snake. a venomous attack on his character
Recent Examples on the Web That clade also includes larger and venomous snakes such as cobras and mambas. Francesca Giuliani-hoffman, CNN, "Scientists discover a new species of snake hiding in plain sight," 26 Dec. 2020 The expedition team also found the mountain fer-de-lance (Bothrops monsignifer), a new species of venomous pit viper, which uses heat-sensing pits on its head to detect prey, and the Bolivian flag snake (Eutrachelophis sp. Eric Niiler, Wired, "A Bolivian 'Cloud Forest' Reveals a Bonanza of New Species," 14 Dec. 2020 Fortunately, agama are not toxic, venomous or aggressive to people and typically flee when approached. Richard Tribou,, "Researchers: keep eye out for non-native lizard eating Florida’s butterflies," 11 Dec. 2020 Among their abilities is a knack for killing and eating venomous rattlesnakes without being bitten, McClatchy News reported last month. al, "Bobcat ambushing turkey in Alabama woods a cautionary tale for setting up deer feeders," 2 Dec. 2020 Males have a venomous spur on their hind legs, and females lactate by sweating on their tummies. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Platypuses Lost 22% of Their Habitat Over Last 30 Years," 25 Nov. 2020 More than 100,000 people die from venomous snakebites every year. Lara Jackson, National Geographic, "The deadly thing about snakes," 19 Nov. 2020 There’s one passage in the Bible that speaks about the believer being able to pick up venomous snakes without being bitten. Matt Wake |, al, "HBO filmmakers talk wild new ‘Alabama Snake’ documentary," 12 Dec. 2020 He was especially fascinated by a biblical passage, Numbers 21:4-9, that described God setting venomous snakes on the rebellious Israelites. Smithsonian Magazine, "The Case of the Autographed Corpse," 19 Nov. 2020

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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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11 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Venomous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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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

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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