poisonous vs venomous : Common Errors in English

About poisonous vs venomous

Snakes and insects that inject poisonous venom into their victims are venomous, but a snake or tarantula is not itself poisonous because if you eat one it won’t poison you. A blowfish will kill you if you eat it, so it is poisonous; but it is not venomous.

poisonous Meaning(s)

  • (s) having the qualities or effects of a poison
  • (s) not safe to eat
  • (s) marked by deep ill will; deliberately harmful

venomous Meaning(s)

  • (s) extremely poisonous or injurious; producing venom
  • (s) marked by deep ill will; deliberately harmful

poisonous in News

  1. Boyle officials join 'snakes in a pool' probe

    Though Boyle County magistrates did not discuss during its meeting the recent “Call of the Wildman” episode where The Turtleman claimed there were poisonous snakes in a Danville-Boyle County community pool, county officials are working with city officials to find out what really happened at the pool last year.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: The Danville Advocate-Messenger

  2. A Perilous Grid

    They crisscross the country in a complex maze just below ground level, carrying flammable, dangerous, and highly polluting liquids and poisonous gases. They are capable of catastrophic failures that have killed people and devastated property. They corrode, they leak, they explode — and they do it with some regularity. The millions of miles of gas [...]
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Fort Worth Weekly

  3. NC health dept.: Poison gas not in pool inspection

    Inspectors checked a motel where three people were presumed killed by carbon monoxide fumes six weeks before anyone died, but their review didn't include investigating for the poisonous gas, the local ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Associated Press via Yahoo! News

venomous in News

  1. Snake venom may help stop cancer

    Venomous Colorado Snakes The main venomous snake along Colorado's Front Range is the prairie rattlesnake, but there are several rear-fanged snakes that inject venom -- it's just not harmful to humans.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Loveland Reporter-Herald

  2. Florida permanently waives license requirement for lionfish harvest

    Florida just made it easier for divers to rid state waters of invasive lionfish and to kill as many of the dreaded, venomous fish as they can.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Florida Today

  3. Snakebite season started early

    Medical professionals at a Fort Worth trauma center warn that bites by venomous snakes seem to be increasing.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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