venomous

[ven-uh-muhs]
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adjective

(of an animal) having a gland or glands for secreting venom; able to inflict a poisoned bite, sting, or wound: a venomous snake.
full of or containing venom; poisonous: a venomous wound; a venomous potion.
spiteful; malignant: a venomous attack; a venomous tongue.

Nearby words

  1. venogram,
  2. venography,
  3. venology,
  4. venom,
  5. venomotor,
  6. venomously,
  7. venoperitoneostomy,
  8. venosclerosis,
  9. venose,
  10. venosity

Origin of venomous

1250–1300; Middle English venim(o)us < Anglo-French venimus (Old French venimeux). See venom, -ous

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British Dictionary definitions for nonvenomous

nonvenomous

adjective

(of a snake, spider, etc) not venomous
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Word Origin and History for nonvenomous

venomous

adj.

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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