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Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: venim, from Latin venenum 'use of magic power, drug, poison'

venom

noun
     
Related topics: Biology
ven‧om [uncountable]
1 great anger or hatred [= malice]:
There was real venom in her voice.
a look of pure venom
2HB a liquid poison that some snakes, insects etc produce when they bite or sting you:
The viper paralyses its prey by injecting it with venom.

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