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

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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 Jen seems to remain calm while processing the news that venomous snakes could be nearby. Katie Bowlby, Country Living, 21 Oct. 2021 That piece — 66 roadless miles of turbulent rivers, rugged mountains and venomous snakes — became known as the Darién Gap. New York Times, 1 Oct. 2021 That work showed modern snakes like cobras, vipers and other venomous snakes, as well as bigger, constricting ones like boas and pythons, only existed after the asteroid hit Earth. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 16 Sep. 2021 In an interview Wednesday, Bender identified the reptile as a timber rattlesnake, one of two types of venomous snakes in Massachusetts., 15 Sep. 2021 How can educated, functional adults swallow venomous and fantastical narratives about their neighbors and compatriots? Sara Lipton, The New York Review of Books, 23 Sep. 2021 He’d actually been nipped by an Eastern brown snake, one of the most venomous serpents on Earth. Sam Kean, WSJ, 17 Sep. 2021 Zimmerman analyzes the traits of the venomous Medusa and bird-like Harpies, recasting them as heroes instead of villains. CNN, 11 Aug. 2021 Strange behaviors have also been witnessed recently in venomous olive sea snakes. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 28 Aug. 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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The first known use of venomous was in the 14th century

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26 Oct 2021

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“Venomous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 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

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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