Origin of venomous
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3. malicious, hostile, rancorous, ill-disposed.
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- (of a snake, spider, etc) not venomous
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Word Origin and History for nonvenomous
late 13c., from Anglo-French venimeus, Old French venimeux, from venim (see venom). Earliest recorded use is figurative; literal sense by early 14c. Related: Venomously; venomousness.
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