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- venom:  Venom comes via Old French venim from Vulgar Latin *venīmen, an alteration of Latin venēnum ‘drug, poison’. It has been speculated that this was derived ultimately from venus ‘love’ (source of English venerate, venereal, etc), in which case its ancestral sense would presumably have been ‘love-potion’.
- venom (n.)
- mid-13c., venim, venym, "poison secreted by some animals and transferred by biting," from Anglo-French and Old French venim, venin "poison; malice," from Vulgar Latin *venimen (source also of Italian veleno, Spanish veneno), from Latin venenum "poison," earlier (pre-classical) "drug, medical potion," also "charm, seduction," probably originally "love potion," from PIE *wenes-no-, from root *wen- (1) "to strive after, wish, desire" (see Venus). Variously deformed in post-Latin languages, apparently by dissimilation. Modern spelling in English from late 14c. The meaning "bitter, virulent feeling or language" is first recorded c. 1300.
- 1. He felt as if a serpent had spat venom into his eyes.
- 2. He reserved particular venom for critics of his foreign policy.
- 3. a look of pure venom
- 4. She surveyed him coldly with eyes that spat venom.
- 5. The snake injects the venom immediately after biting its prey.
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