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{adj: acerb, acerbic, acid, acrid, bitter, blistering, caustic, sulfurous, sulphurous, venomous, virulent, vitriolic} harsh or corrosive in tone
"an acerbic tone piercing otherwise flowery prose"
"a barrage of acid comments"
"her acrid remarks make her many enemies"
"bitter words"
"blistering criticism"
"caustic jokes about political assassination, talk-show hosts and medical ethics"
"a sulfurous denunciation"
"a vitriolic critique"

{adj: cantankerous, crotchety, ornery} having a difficult and contrary disposition
"a cantankerous and venomous-tongued old lady"- Dorothy Sayers

{adj: deadly, venomous, virulent} extremely poisonous or injurious; producing venom
"venomous snakes"
"a virulent insect bite"

{adj: poisonous, venomous, vicious} marked by deep ill will; deliberately harmful
"poisonous hate"
"venomous criticism"
"vicious gossip"

{n: Australian coral snake, Rhynchoelaps australis} small venomous but harmless snake marked with black-and-white on red

{n: Heloderma, genus Heloderma} type genus of the Helodermatidae; American venomous lizards

{n: Helodermatidae, family Helodermatidae} only known venomous lizards

{n: Latrodectus, genus Latrodectus} venomous spiders

{n: Mobulidae, family Mobulidae} large rays lacking venomous spines: mantas

{n: Pseudechis, genus Pseudechis} venomous Australian blacksnakes

{n: black mamba, Dendroaspis augusticeps} a highly venomous southern African mamba dreaded because of its quickness and readiness to bite

{n: black widow, Latrodectus mactans} venomous New World spider; the female is black with an hourglass-shaped red mark on the underside of the abdomen

{n: cobra} venomous Asiatic and African elapid snakes that can expand the skin of the neck into a hood

{n: copperhead, Denisonia superba} venomous but sluggish reddish-brown snake of Australia

{n: coral snake, Old World coral snake} any of various venomous elapid snakes of Asia and Africa and Australia

{n: coral snake, harlequin-snake, New World coral snake} any of several venomous New World snakes brilliantly banded in red and black and either yellow or white; widely distributed in South America and Central America

{n: death adder, Acanthophis antarcticus} venomous Australian snake resembling an adder

{n: eagle ray} powerful free-swimming tropical ray noted for `soaring' by flapping winglike fins; usually harmless but has venomous tissue near base of the tail as in stingrays

{n: elapid, elapid snake} any of numerous venomous fanged snakes of warmer parts of both hemispheres

{n: fang} hollow or grooved tooth of a venomous snake; used to inject its poison

{n: fer-de-lance, Bothrops atrops} large extremely venomous pit viper of Central America and South America

{n: gaboon viper, Bitis gabonica} large heavy-bodied brilliantly marked and extremely venomous west African viper

{n: hamadryad, king cobra, Ophiophagus hannan, Naja hannah} large cobra of southeastern Asia and the East Indies; the largest venomous snake; sometimes placed in genus Naja

{n: horned viper, cerastes, sand viper, horned asp, Cerastes cornutus} highly venomous viper of northern Africa and southwestern Asia having a horny spine above each eye

{n: krait} brightly colored venomous but nonaggressive snake of southeastern Asia and Malay peninsula

{n: lyre snake} mildly venomous snake with a lyre-shaped mark on the head; found in rocky areas from southwestern United States to Central America

{n: ringhals, rinkhals, spitting snake, Hemachatus haemachatus} highly venomous snake of southern Africa able to spit venom up to seven feet

{n: scorpion fly} any of various mecopterous insects of the family Panorpidae of the northern hemisphere having a long beak and long antennae; males have a tail like that of a scorpion except it is not venomous

{n: scorpionfish, scorpion fish, sea scorpion} marine fishes having a tapering body with an armored head and venomous spines

{n: scorpion} arachnid of warm dry regions having a long segmented tail ending in a venomous sting

{n: sea snake} any of numerous venomous aquatic viviparous snakes having a fin-like tail; of warm littoral seas; feed on fish which they immobilize with quick-acting venom

{n: snake, serpent, ophidian} limbless scaly elongate reptile; some are venomous

{n: snakebite} a bite inflicted by a (venomous) snake

{n: stingray} large venomous ray with large barbed spines near the base of a thin whiplike tail capable of inflicting severe wounds

{n: stonefish, Synanceja verrucosa} venomous tropical marine fish resembling a piece of rock

{n: taipan, Oxyuranus scutellatus} large highly venomous snake of northeastern Australia

{n: tarantula} large hairy tropical spider that can inflict painful but not highly venomous bites

{n: tiger snake, Notechis scutatus} highly venomous brown-and-yellow snake of Australia and Tasmania

{n: venomous lizard} any of two or three large heavy-bodied lizards; only known venomous lizards

{n: viper} venomous Old World snakes characterized by hollow venom-conducting fangs in the upper jaw

{n: vituperation, invective, vitriol} abusive or venomous language used to express blame or censure or bitter deep-seated ill will

{n: water moccasin, cottonmouth, cottonmouth moccasin, Agkistrodon piscivorus} venomous semiaquatic snake of swamps in southern United States


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