"arsenic," 1799, from rat (n.) + poison (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Examples from the Web for rat-poison

Historical Examples of rat-poison

  • Timar drinks the coffee with the thought that perhaps there is rat-poison in it.

  • He testified to having handled that particular variety of rat-poison in very large quantities for many years.


    Nancy Huston Banks

  • Also he admitted with equal readiness that she might have found an empty box which had once contained a rat-poison.


    Nancy Huston Banks

  • At five o'clock in the arternoon Ginger Dick was talking about two-penn'orth o' rat-poison.

    The Understudy

    W.W. Jacobs

  • A rat-poison may be met with composed of baric carbonate, sugar, and oatmeal, flavoured with a little oil of aniseed and caraway.