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VEN'OMOUS, adjective

1. Poisonous; noxious to animal life; as, the bite of a serpent may be venomous The sack at the base of the rattlesnake's teeth, contains venomous matter.

2. Noxious; mischievous; malignant; as a venomous progeny.

3. Spiteful; as a venomous writer.