Definition of venom in English:



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

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