Definition of venom in English:

venom

noun

  • 1A poisonous substance secreted by animals such as snakes, spiders, and scorpions and typically injected into prey or aggressors by biting or stinging.

    • ‘There are approximately 2,000 species of scorpions; of those, only around 40 to 50 contain deadly venom.’
    • ‘In addition, they differ in their binding ability to proteinases in crude snake venoms.’
    • ‘But for children with insect venom allergy, an insect bite can cause more severe symptoms.’
    • ‘Blood tests showed that he died of spider venom poisoning.’
    • ‘Centipedes' modified front legs are poison claws, which they use to inject a highly toxic venom.’
    • ‘Are there special properties in tarantula venom that other spiders might not have?’
    • ‘Ricin is twice as deadly as cobra venom and there is no known antidote.’
    • ‘He noted that bee venom could be poisonous to both animals and humans.’
    • ‘He watched as it pierced through the protection and injected its venom.’
    • ‘Inside the beans of the castor plant is a toxin seven times more deadly than cobra venom.’
    • ‘The dragon has wounded him, and his poisonous venom is killing the brave Beowulf.’
    • ‘Is it true that there is a new treatment for brain tumors involving scorpion venom?’
    • ‘Cobra attacks its prey by spitting poisonous venom called neurotoxin.’
    • ‘A number of researchers have suggested that venom toxins are modified saliva proteins.’
    • ‘In conclusion, whole honeybee venom was found to suppress arthritic inflammation in the rat.’
    • ‘Males have hollow spurs connected to venom glands on the ankle of each hind leg.’
    • ‘Patients with bites from snakes with neurotoxic venom should be observed for at least 24 hours.’
    • ‘Stingrays have a spine at the base of their tail that contains a venom gland.’
    • ‘Amazingly, one of the toxins resembles an enzyme found in potent snake venoms.’
    • ‘Do all populations of Mojave rattlesnakes have neurotoxic venom?’
    poison, toxin
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    1. 1.1 Extreme malice and bitterness shown in someone's attitudes, speech, or actions.
      ‘his voice was full of venom’
      • ‘My answer came with such venom dripping from every word, I surprised myself.’
      • ‘There wasn't enough venom in my voice to make the question an accusation.’
      • ‘But the debates were good ones and, on the whole, discussions were held without rancour or venom.’
      • ‘Gabrielle looked up from her book and shot him a look of pure venom.’
      • ‘His eyes filled with cold, deadly venom, and a short snarl escaped his lips.’
      • ‘They were filled with such venom and hatred that Bryan was even too stunned to respond.’
      • ‘When did I stop liking people, and begin to hate them with such venom?’
      • ‘She shot Leonard a look of pure venom as she turned for the exit.’
      • ‘Her voice was full of venom, and there was a very large hint that she did not like her job.’
      • ‘Let them be shielded from the shafts of malice, and protected against the venom of personal vituperation.’
      • ‘Here is a man who was supposedly praying one minute and spewing venom the next.’
      • ‘Pity to waste good viper venom on an audience of one.’
      • ‘Pure venom shone in her eyes before she whipped around splashing through the water.’
      • ‘His eyes flickered to Leopold, erasing any doubt that his comment had been full of venom.’
      • ‘Adrianne spat, venom dripping from her words.’
      • ‘Elizabeth, learning of his dislike, makes it a point to match his disgust with her own venom.’
      • ‘The woman glared up at Natasha with pure venom and hatred in her dark green eyes.’
      • ‘Father Malachi spoke with venom in his voice that Judy would be jealous of.’
      • ‘Once again Grace spoke quietly, with absolutely no venom or malice, or any emotion at all.’
      • ‘That's why our country is in the mess it is in right now, even our so-called religious leaders are full of venom.’
      rancour, malevolence, vitriol, spite, spitefulness, vindictiveness, malice, maliciousness, malignity, malignancy, viciousness, nastiness, ill will, ill feeling, animosity, animus, acrimony, acrimoniousness, bitterness, embitterment, embitteredness, sourness, resentment, grudgingness, virulence, antagonism, hostility, bad blood, bile, spleen, gall, enmity, hate, hatred, dislike, antipathy, aversion
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Origin

Middle English: from Old French venim, variant of venin, from an alteration of Latin venenum ‘poison’.

Pronunciation

venom

/ˈvenəm//ˈvɛnəm/