venomous

[ven-uh-muhs]
adjective
1.
(of an animal) having a gland or glands for secreting venom; able to inflict a poisoned bite, sting, or wound: a venomous snake.
2.
full of or containing venom; poisonous: a venomous wound; a venomous potion.
3.
spiteful; malignant: a venomous attack; a venomous tongue.

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

venomously, adverb
venomousness, venomness, noun
nonvenomous, adjective
nonvenomously, adverb
nonvenomousness, noun
unvenomous, adjective
unvenomously, adverb
unvenomousness, noun


3. malicious, hostile, rancorous, ill-disposed.
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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
 
adj
 
'venomous
 
adj
 
'venomously
 
adv
 
'venomousness
 
n

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Many nocturnal snakes in this area are venomous, or poisonous.
Below you will find descriptions of organisms that are either poisonous or venomous.
The truly sad thing would be if this venomous nonsense were coming from a
  tenured professor.
Voracious, venomous lionfish are the first exotic species to invade coral reefs.
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