venomless

venom

[ven-uhm]
noun
1.
the poisonous fluid that some animals, as certain snakes and spiders, secrete and introduce into the bodies of their victims by biting, stinging, etc.
2.
something resembling or suggesting poison in its effect; spite; malice: the venom of jealousy.
3.
Archaic. poison in general.
verb (used with object)
4.
Archaic. to make venomous; envenom.

Origin:
1175–1225; variant of Middle English venim < Anglo-French; Old French venim, venin < Vulgar Latin *venīmen, for Latin venēnum magical herb or potion, poison < *wenes-nom, equivalent to *wenes- desire (see venerate, Venus) + *-nom noun suffix

venomless, adjective
outvenom, verb (used with object)
unvenomed, adjective


1. See poison. 2. malignity, acrimony, bitterness, acerbity, gall, spleen, hate.
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venom (ˈvɛnəm)
 
n
1.  a poisonous fluid secreted by such animals as certain snakes and scorpions and usually transmitted by a bite or sting
2.  malice; spite
 
[C13: from Old French venim, from Latin venēnum poison, love potion; related to venus sexual love]
 
'venomless
 
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'venomous
 
adj
 
'venomously
 
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'venomousness
 
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venom
early 13c., from Anglo-Fr. and O.Fr. venim, from V.L. *venimen, from L. venenum "poison, drug, potion," perhaps ultimately connected to venus "erotic love" (see Venus), in which case the original meaning might have been "love potion." The meaning "bitter, virulent feeling
or language" is first recorded c.1300.
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venom ven·om (věn'əm)
n.

  1. A poisonous secretion of an animal, such as a snake, spider, or scorpion, usually transmitted by a bite or sting.

  2. A poison.

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venom   (věn'əm)  Pronunciation Key 
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.
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