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poisonous

[ poi-zuh-nuh s ]
/ ˈpɔɪ zə nəs /
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adjective

full of or containing poison: poisonous air; a poisonous substance.
harmful; destructive: poisonous to animals; poisonous rumors.
deeply malicious; malevolent: poisonous efforts.

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Nearby words

poison-arrow frog, poison-pen, poison-pen letter, poisoner, poisoning, poisonous, poisonously, poisonwood, poisson, poisson distribution, poisson's ratio

Origin of poisonous

First recorded in 1565–75; poison + -ous
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  • (e) The poisonous portions are not distinguishable from the nonpoisonous, either macroscopically or microscopically.

British Dictionary definitions for nonpoisonous (1 of 2)

nonpoisonous

/ (nɒnˈpɔɪzənəs) /

adjective

not having the effects or qualities of a poison

British Dictionary definitions for nonpoisonous (2 of 2)

poisonous

/ (ˈpɔɪzənəs) /

adjective

having the effects or qualities of a poison
capable of killing or inflicting injury; venomous
corruptive or malicious
Derived Formspoisonously, adverbpoisonousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for nonpoisonous

poisonous


adj.

1570s, from poison (n.) + -ous. Failed 16c. rivals were poisonsome, poisonful, poisony. Earlier poisoned was used (late 15c.). Related: Poisonously; poisonousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for nonpoisonous

poisonous

[ poizə-nəs ]

adj.

Relating to or caused by a poison.
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