Definition of venom noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈvenəm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈvenəm//
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  1. 1the poisonous liquid that some snakes, spiders, etc. produce when they bite or sting you
  2. 2(formal) strong bitter feeling; hatred and a desire to hurt somebody His voice was full of venom. a look of pure venom
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French venim, variant of venin, from an alteration of Latin venenum ‘poison’.Extra examples His voice dripped with venom. Most of her venom was directed at the President. She said it quickly and with venom. She surveyed him coldly with eyes that spat venom. The snake injects the venom immediately after biting its prey. Centipedes kill their prey by injecting venom into them with a large pair of fangs. Snake venoms work in several ways.Idioms to show that you are very angry; to speak in an angry way She looked at him with eyes that spat venom.
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