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venomous


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Venomous  \Ven"om*ous\,  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.  (Zo["o]l.)  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}  (Zo["o]l.),  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  --  {Ven"om*ous*ly},  adv  -- 
  {Ven"om*ous*ness},  n. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  venomous 
  adj  1:  extremely  poisonous  or  injurious;  producing  venom;  "venomous 
  snakes";  "a  virulent  insect  bite"  [syn:  {deadly},  {virulent}] 
  2:  harsh  or  corrosive  in  tone;  "an  acerbic  tone  piercing 
  otherwise  flowery  prose";  "a  barrage  of  acid  comments"; 
  "her  acrid  remarks  make  her  many  enemies";  "bitter  words"; 
  "blistering  criticism";  "caustic  jokes  about  political 
  assassination,  talk-show  hosts  and  medical  ethics";  "a 
  sulfurous  denunciation"  [syn:  {acerb},  {acerbic},  {acid}, 
  {acrid},  {bitter},  {blistering},  {caustic},  {sulfurous},  {sulphurous}, 
  {virulent},  {vitriolic}] 
  3:  marked  by  deep  ill  will  deliberately  harmful;  "a  malevolent 
  lie";  "poisonous  hate...in  his  eyes"-  Ernest  Hemingway; 
  "venomous  criticism";  "vicious  gossip"  [syn:  {poisonous}, 
  {vicious}] 




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