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||[Nov. 27th, 2007|09:13 pm]
Is There Something You Want to Say to the World?
What's the difference between venomous and poisonous, or is there one? I ran across a bit of text recently that spoke of a "venomous" substance, and I realized that I always thought of "venomous" as a more... active?... adjective. An animal would be "venomous", whereas a substance or even a plant would be "poisonous". I don't know if that's just my own sense of the connotation, though. I guess I'd also think of a "poisonous animal" as meaning one whose flesh is poisonous to eat, whereas a "venomous" animal would have poisoned fangs or something. Does that distinction make sense? And is that distinction generally attached to the words, or are they really interchangeable?|
Perhaps something "poisonous" is harmful when ingested, but something "venomous" does damage through a wound or so on? Well, a dagger can be poisoned... but I don't think I've ever heard of someone dying from eating something "venomous".
Either way, they're both cool words.