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poison British & World English

A substance that is capable of causing the illness or death of a living organism when introduced or absorbed

poison English Thesaurus

Marianne would waste no time in spreading her poison

dog poison British & World English

Fool's parsley, Aethusa cynapium (family Apiaceae (Umbelliferae)), a poisonous weed of Eurasia and North Africa.

poison book British & World English

= poison register.

poison bulb British & World English

A South African bulbous plant, Boophane disticha (family Amaryllidaceae), the source of an arrow poison.

poison-bush British & World English

Australian. Any of several shrubby plants poisonous to livestock; especially one of the genus Gastrolobium (family Fabaceae (Leguminosae)).

poison-cart British & World English

A vehicle designed to lay poison for the destruction of vermin, especially the rabbit.

poison cup British & World English

A cup containing poison.

poison dart British & World English

A poison-tipped dart.

poison flag British & World English

The blue flag of eastern North America, Iris versicolor.

poison frog British & World English

= poison arrow frog.

poison-nut British & World English

The tree nux vomica of southern Asia, Strychnos nux-vomica.

poison pea British & World English

Any of various pea plants of the Australasian genus Swainsona (family Fabaceae (Leguminosae)), which are poisonous to livestock.

poison pen British & World English

Designating, of, or relating to a letter or letters written anonymously and with malicious, libellous, or abusive intent.

poison ring British & World English

A ring with a hollow in the stone for holding poison.

poison root British & World English

Any of various roots poisonous to humans or animals, specifically the red horse chestnut, Aesculus pavia, the root and twigs of which were formerly used to stupefy fish.

poison tree British & World English

Any of various trees with irritant or toxic sap or other poisonous attributes: specifically (a) either of two trees of the family Anacardiaceae, Metopium toxiferum of Florida and the West Indies, and the poison sumac, Toxicodendron vernix, of eastern North America; also called poisonwood; (b) the upas tree of Java, as identified with Antiaris toxicaria (family Moraceae); (c) any of several Australian trees, especially (more fully river poison-tree) the milky mangrove, Excoecaria agallocha.

rat poison British & World English

Poison for killing rats; a substance of this kind.

poison gas British & World English

Poisonous gas or vapour, used especially to disable an enemy in warfare

poison ivy British & World English

A North American climbing plant which secretes an irritant oil from its leaves that can cause dermatitis

poison oak British & World English

A North American climbing shrub related to poison ivy and having similar properties

poison pill British & World English

A tactic used by a company threatened with an unwelcome takeover bid to make itself unattractive to the bidder

arrow poison British & World English

A toxin used to poison the tip of an arrow, especially curare.

nerve poison British & World English

A naturally occurring or synthetic substance that disrupts the functioning of the nervous system; a neurotoxin, nerve agent, or nerve gas.

ordeal poison British & World English

Any of various toxic substances, usually of plant origin, administered to the accused during ordeals, especially in Africa.

poison arrow British & World English

A poison-tipped arrow.

poison berry British & World English

Chiefly Caribbean, any of several plants of the genus Cestrum (family Solanaceae).

poison flour British & World English

Arsenic trioxide, As2O3, as obtained in a finely powdered form by sublimation.

poison green British & World English

Of a bright lurid shade of green.

poison oracle British & World English

(Among the Zande) a form of divination in which answers are inferred from the effects of poison on a person or animal.

poison plant British & World English

Any of various plants poisonous to humans or animals, specifically (Australian) any of certain plants poisonous to stock, especially species of Gastrolobium (family Fabaceae (Leguminosae)).

poison-thread British & World English

A stinging thread-cell in a coelenterate; a nematocyst.

poison-tipped British & World English

Having a tip smeared with or dipped in poison.

poison hemlock British & World English

The common hemlock, Conium maculatum.

poison register British & World English

A register kept by a pharmacist of the names of people to whom poison has been made available.

what's your poison? British & World English

Used to ask someone what they would like to drink

poison arrow frog British & World English

A small, slender tropical American frog which is typically brightly coloured. The skin of these frogs secretes a virulent poison, formerly used by American Indians to coat their arrows

poison pen letter British & World English

An anonymous letter that is libellous, abusive, or malicious

poison pill amendment British & World English

An amendment to a legislative bill that considerably weakens the bill’s intended effect, or ruins the bill’s chances of passing

one man's meat is another man's poison British & World English

Things liked or enjoyed by one person may be distasteful to another

what's your poison? in poison British & World English

Used to ask someone what they would like to drink

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