- the poisonous fluid that some animals, as certain snakes and spiders, secrete and introduce into the bodies of their victims by biting, stinging, etc.
- something resembling or suggesting poison in its effect; spite; malice: the venom of jealousy.
- Archaic. poison in general.
- Archaic. to make venomous; envenom.
Origin of venom
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Examples from the Web for venomed
It inflicted a sharp pang, and it was venomed with spiteful contempt, that rankled in the wound after it was made.The New Mistress
George Manville Fenn
The trees its swelling flood shall stay, And thrust its venomed lip away.Poems by the Way
To such a mind, ridicule is a venomed dart, piercing and poisoning, and pride but inflames the wound.Alone
Instead of the venomed tongue, he used the poisoned pen against them.History of the Jews, Vol. IV (of VI)
M. de Breulh listened with an outwardly impassible face, but the venomed tooth of jealousy was gnawing at his heart.Caught In The Net
- a poisonous fluid secreted by such animals as certain snakes and scorpions and usually transmitted by a bite or sting
- malice; spite
Word Origin and History for venomed
early 13c., from Anglo-French and Old French venim, from Vulgar Latin *venimen (cf. Italian veleno, Spanish veneno), from Latin venenum "poison," earlier (pre-classical) "drug, potion," probably originally "love potion," from PIE *wenes-no-, and thus connected to venus "erotic love" (see Venus), Sanskrit van- "wish, desire, gain." The meaning "bitter, virulent feeling or language" is first recorded c.1300.
- A poisonous secretion of an animal, such as a snake, spider, or scorpion, usually transmitted by a bite or sting.
- A poison.
- Any of various poisonous substances secreted by certain snakes, spiders, scorpions, and insects and transmitted to a victim by a bite or sting. Venoms are highly concentrated fluids that typically consist of dozens or hundreds of powerful enzymes, peptides, and smaller organic compounds. These compounds target and disable specific chemicals in the victim, damaging cellular and organ system function. Snake venoms, for example, contain substances that block platelet aggregation (causing bleeding) and that prevent the release of acetylcholine by nerve endings (causing muscle paralysis). Many substances contained in venoms are under investigation for use as pharmaceuticals.