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

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State lawmakers had in tried to enforce a law to ban people from keeping animals like venomous snakes, crocodiles, scorpions or big cats in 2014, according to the German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle. Linda Givetash, NBC News, "Deadly cobra on the loose in German town, 30 residents evacuated," 29 Aug. 2019 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported roughly 8,000 peoplein the U.S. each year are bitten by venomous snakes, which means there’s not a huge market for antivenin. Kaiser Health News, oregonlive.com, "New snakebite antidote drives competition, but costs will still bite," 18 Aug. 2019 While snake bites around the state are common, most of these reptiles are not venomous. Darla Guillen Gilthorpe, Houston Chronicle, "High summer temperatures are luring out more active snakes in Texas," 25 July 2019 Anything with a mouth can bite but they were told that these snakes were not venomous. Lynette Rice, EW.com, "Big Brother producer reacts to Cliff's big mouth," 15 July 2019 Police say the snake wasn’t venomous and was released in nearby woods. USA TODAY, "‘Molly of Denali,’ saloon discourse, ashes by mail: News from around our 50 states," 10 July 2019 Florida is home to 50 kinds of snakes but most are not venomous. Wayne K. Roustan, sun-sentinel.com, "Venomous snake captured after it bites man, 19," 10 July 2019 Of those, only rattlesnakes are venomous to humans. Rebecca Jepsen, The Mercury News, "Love ’em or hate ’em, snakes are good for your garden," 12 June 2019 Instead, rattlesnakes – and other various species of snake – are venomous. Claire Rafford, azcentral, "Sanctuary educates people how to safely handle venomous snakes," 28 Feb. 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

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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

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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