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Meaning of venomous by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • IPA: /ˈvɛnəməs/, X-SAMPA: /"vEn@m@s/


    venomous ( comparative more venomous, superlative most venomous )

    1. Full of venom .
      The villain tricked him into drinking the venomous concoction .
    2. Toxic; poisonous .
    3. Noxious; evil .
    4. Malignant; spiteful; hateful .
      His attitude toward me is utterly venomous .
    5. Producing venom ( poison usually injected into an enemy or prey by biting or stinging ) in glands or accumulating venom from food .
      Do venomous spiders have glands?
    6. powerful


    See also

    • “venomous” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006 .
    • venomous in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913

Explanation of venomous by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. marked by deep ill will

    2. venomous criticism
    3. extremely poisonous or injurious

    4. venomous snakes

    Definition of venomous by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Venomous a. [OE. venemous, venimous, F. venimeux, L. venenosus, fr. venenum poison. See Venom, and cf. Venenose.]
      1. Full of venom; noxious to animal life; poisonous; as, “the bite of a serpent may be venomous”.

      2. ( Zool. ) Having a poison gland or glands for the secretion of venom, as certain serpents and insects.

      3. Noxious; mischievous; malignant; spiteful; as, “a venomous progeny; a venomous writer”.

      Venomous snake ( Zool. ), any serpent which has poison glands and fangs, whether dangerous to man or not. These serpents constitute two tribes, the viperine serpents, or Solenoglypha, and the cobralike serpents, or Proteroglypha. The former have perforated, erectile fangs situated in the front part of the upper jaw, and are without ordinary teeth behind the fangs; the latter have permanently erect and grooved fangs, with ordinary maxillary teeth behind them.

      -- Venomously, adv. -- Venomousness, n.