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Venom, poison: “the poisonous simple sometimes is compacted in a pure compound; being so applied, his v. in effect is purified,” Lucr. 532. spiders that suck up thy (the earth's) “v.” R2 III, 2, 14. Particularly poison discharged from animals: Wint. II, 1, 41. R2 II, 1, 157 (St. Patrick was said to have banished all venomous reptiles from Ireland). H4B IV, 4, 45. H5 V, 2, 18 “(the v. of such looks).” R3 IV, 1, 62 (Qq poison). Caes. IV, 3, 47. Mcb. III, 4, 30. IV, 1, 8. Hml. II, 2, 533. V, 2, 333. Sir Andrew called V. by Sir Toby for his pretended virulency: Tw. III, 2, 2.
Adjectively: “toads infect fair founts with v. mud,” Lucr. 850. “v. toads,” H6C II, 2, 138. R3 I, 3, 291. Metaphorically, == pernicious: “the v. clamours of a jealous woman,” Err. V, 69. “lascivious metres, to whose v. sound the open ear of youth doth always listen,” R2 II, 1, 19.
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