Poison fang

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Poison fang (Zoöl) one of the superior maxillary teeth of some species of serpents, which, besides having the cavity for the pulp, is either perforated or grooved by a longitudinal canal, at the lower end of which the duct of the poison gland terminates. See Illust. under Fang.
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Usage

In literature:

It is not true that the hog cats the body of the snake he has killed, leaving the head untouched, and thus avoiding the poisoned fangs.
"The Hunters' Feast" by Mayne Reid
All flannel red were their mouths, and they had long evil fangs which dripped poison in the sunlight.
"The Mississippi Saucer" by Frank Belknap Long
The pestilence walks in darkness, and the victim does not know until its poison fang is in him.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
P'r'aps there's both poison-fangs in the skull still.
"The Peril Finders" by George Manville Fenn
Against this attack, claws, teeth, poison-fangs would be idle weapons.
"Edge of the Jungle" by William Beebe
After they had ceased, my husband speedily killed the snakes, and on examining them the poison fangs were found to be perfect.
"Norman Vallery" by W.H.G. Kingston
Had a puff-adder writhed out of the envelope, and struck its fangs into her beautiful hand, it would have poisoned her less certainly.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
Merely the fangs and poison-sacks.
"The Quality of Mercy" by W. D. Howells
Of course it has no fangs and is not poisonous.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Volume 2, No. 12, May, 1851." by Various
Behind the poison fangs there are usually one or two ordinary teeth.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 5" by Various
I took him home, and on dissection saw that his poison-fangs were three quarters of an inch long, and the bag above them was full of poison.
"Sporting Scenes amongst the Kaffirs of South Africa" by Alfred W. Drayson
You know the poison is in a tiny sac at the root of each fang.
"Unexplored!" by Allen Chaffee
He accepted them as nature made them, and not as man's fancy painted them; it was only their poison-fangs he feared.
"Rodman the Keeper" by Constance Fenimore Woolson
The outlet for the poison may be seen at the tip of the fangs in Fig.
"Old Farm Fairies:" by Henry Christopher McCook
Though it possesses poison-fangs it never seems to use them.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 3" by Various
Rely on it, that poison-bag lies at the root of many fangs that bite most sharply.
"Barren Honour: A Novel" by George A. Lawrence
The poison fangs of a rattlesnake.
"A Guide for the Study of Animals" by Worrallo Whitney
The poison fangs were unsheathed.
"The Mad Planet" by Murray Leinster
In the centipeds the first pair of legs is modified to form a pair of poison-fangs.
"Elementary Zoology, Second Edition" by Vernon L. Kellogg
He, bein' a sure snake, uses poison, whereat, having drawn his fangs, I takes his side, and begs the critter's life.
"Curly" by Roger Pocock
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In poetry:

Their poisons collected afford
Lethargic relief to his pangs;
And Death! of all nature the lord!
Thy shadows now rest on his fangs.
"The Lion" by William Hayley
The Mexic native fears not fang
Of poisonous serpent, vine, nor bee,
If he may soothe the baleful pang
With juices of this "holy tree."
"Paulo Santo" by Frances Fuller Victor
Those hearts of ours -- how weak! how weak!
But a single word of unkindness speak,
Like a poisoned shaft, like a viper's fang,
That one slight word leaves a life-long pang.
"A Reverie" by Abram Joseph Ryan
The Censor is a hooded snake
That lurks within the grass,
And rears to sink his poison-fangs
In heedless babes that pass -
Dear Children of my brain; wee, tender things,
That sink and swoon and perish when he stings.
"The Censor" by C J Dennis