VEN'OM, n. [L. venenum, venor, to hunt, to drive or chase; venio, to come. See Venus, &c.]

1. Poison; matter fatal or injurious to life. Venom is generally used to express noxious matter that is applied externally, or that is discharged from animals, as that of bites and stings of serpents, scorpions, &c.; and poison, to express substances taken into the stomach.

2. Spite; malice.

VEN'OM, v.t. To poison; to infect with venom. [Little used, but envenom is in use and elegant. Venom may be elegantly used in poetry.]