Venom meaning

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A poisonous secretion of an animal, such as a snake, spider, or scorpion, usually transmitted to prey or to attackers by a bite or sting.
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Malice; spite.
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The poison secreted by some snakes, spiders, insects, etc., introduced into the body of the victim by bite or sting.
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(rare) Poison of any kind.
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Malignancy; spite; malice.
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A poisonous secretion of an animal, such as a snake, spider, or scorpion, usually transmitted to prey or to attackers by a bite or sting.
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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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A poison carried by an animal, usually injected into an enemy or prey by biting or stinging; atter.
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(figuratively) Feeling or speech marked by spite or malice.
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To infect with venom; to envenom; to poison.

Venomed vengeance. "” Shakespeare.

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Origin of venom

  • Middle English venim from Old French from Vulgar Latin venīmen from Latin venēnum poison wen-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Anglo-Norman, from Old French venim, from Vulgar Latin *venimem, from Latin venenum, from Proto-Indo-European *wenes-no- (“lust, desire"), see also Sanskrit वनति (“gain, wish, erotic lust") and Latin Venus.

    From Wiktionary