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Old 10-25-03, 09:34 AM   #5 (permalink)
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These definitions came from the Merriam-Webster dictionary. This is the standard dictionary used by schools and colleges. If these definitions are accurate why does everyone have such a problem with the term “poisonous snake”? These words can be interchanged without losing any meaning.

VENOM: poisonous matter normally secreted by some animals (as snakes, scorpions, or bees) and transmitted to prey or an enemy chiefly by biting or stinging; broadly : material that is poisonous

VENOMOUS: 1 : full of venom : as a : POISONOUS, ENVENOMED b : NOXIOUS, PERNICIOUS c : SPITEFUL, MALEVOLENT
2 : having a venom-producing gland and able to inflict a poisoned wound


POISONOUS: 1 : having the properties or effects of poison : VENOMOUS
2 : DESTRUCTIVE, HARMFUL
3 : SPITEFUL, MALICIOUS


POISON: 1 a : a substance that through its chemical action usually kills, injures, or impairs an organism b (1) : something destructive or harmful (2) : an object of aversion or abhorrence
2 : a substance that inhibits the activity of another substance or the course of a reaction or process
Here are the definitions from Meriam Webster. I think it is all semantics. I let people use whatever they want. I use venomous because it is more widely accepted in the hot society.
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