• WordNet 3.6
    • v poison administer poison to "She poisoned her husband but he did not die"
    • v poison add poison to "Her husband poisoned her drink in order to kill her"
    • v poison kill with poison "She poisoned her husband"
    • v poison kill by its poison "This mushrooms can poison"
    • v poison spoil as if by poison "poison someone's mind","poison the atmosphere in the office"
    • n poison anything that harms or destroys "the poison of fascism"
    • n poison any substance that causes injury or illness or death of a living organism
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The queen puts a poisoned nail into the oar The queen puts a poisoned nail into the oar
Types of Poisonous Snakes Types of Poisonous Snakes
Amarylla. Chief's Poison Vegetable Amarylla. Chief's Poison Vegetable

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Parrots cannot eat chocolate because it is poisonous to their body
    • Poison Any agent which, when introduced into the animal organism, is capable of producing a morbid, noxious, or deadly effect upon it; as, morphine is a deadly poison; the poison of pestilential diseases.
    • Poison That which taints or destroys moral purity or health; as, the poison of evil example; the poison of sin.
    • v. i Poison To act as, or convey, a poison. "Tooth that poisons if it bite."
    • Poison To injure or kill by poison; to administer poison to. "If you poison us, do we not die ?"
    • Poison To put poison upon or into; to infect with poison; as, to poison an arrow; to poison food or drink. "The ingredients of our poisoned chalice."
    • Poison To taint; to corrupt; to vitiate; as, vice poisons happiness; slander poisoned his mind. "Whispering tongues can poison truth."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: All snakes on the island of Tasmania are poisonous.
    • n poison A drink; a draught; a potion.
    • n poison Any substance which, introduced into the living organism directly, tends to destroy the life or impair the health of that organism.
    • n poison Hence, that which taints or destroys moral purity or health or comfort: as, the poison of evil example.
    • poison To infect with poison; put poison into or upon; add poison to: as, to poison an arrow.
    • poison To administer poison to; attack, injure, or kill by poison.
    • poison To taint; mar; impair; vitiate; corrupt.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The poison arrow frog has enough poison to kill about 2,200 people.
    • n Poison poi′zn any substance which, introduced into the living organism, tends to destroy its life or impair its health: anything malignant or infectious: that which taints or destroys moral purity
    • v.t Poison to infect or to kill with poison: to taint: to mar: to embitter: to corrupt
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  • Alfred A. Montapert
    “Every time you get angry, you poison your own system.”
  • Vladimir Ilyich Lenin
    “Authority poisons everybody who takes authority on himself.”
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    “Alas! they had been friends in youth; but whispering tongues can poison truth.”
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    “I hate the place like poison with a sincere hatred.”
  • William Blake
    “Expect poison from standing water.”
  • Euripides
    “I love the old way best, the simple way of poison, where we too are strong as men.”


One man's meat is another man's poison - This idiom means that one person can like something very much, but another can hate it.
Poison pill - A poison pill is a strategy designed to prevent a company from being take over.
Poisoned chalice - If someone is given a poisoned chalice, they are given a job or task which appears attractive but is actually doomed to failure or beset with problems that will damage their reputation or harm them.
What's your poison? - This is a way of asking someone what they would like to drink, especially alcohol.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. poison, in Old French also, a potion, fr. L. potio, a drink, draught, potion, a poisonous draught, fr. potare, to drink. See Potable, and cf. Potion


In literature:

The symptoms of poisoning with muscarine are not at once evident, as is the case with several of the less virulent poisons.
"Studies of American Fungi. Mushrooms, Edible, Poisonous, etc." by George Francis Atkinson
Is it possible that oxygen can impart poisonous qualities?
"Conversations on Chemistry, V. 1-2" by Jane Marcet
If it is criminal to poison forty men at one time, how can it be innocent to poison twenty at another?
"Select Temperance Tracts" by American Tract Society
One of the water-holes of the chain by which they had halted, had been poisoned.
"The Giraffe Hunters" by Mayne Reid
Its death could not counteract the effect of its poison already in my veins.
"The Quadroon" by Mayne Reid
Poisoning is only too common among the Moors themselves, cases occurring almost every day in the country.
"In the Tail of the Peacock" by Isabel Savory
Poison is the principal topic of conversation with them and their only boast is the discovery of new or more deadly mixtures.
"My Friends the Savages" by Giovanni Battista Cerruti
A drop of poison formed at the tip of each great poison claw on its wings.
"Deathworld" by Harry Harrison
The poison given off by these plants produces a severe inflammation of the skin.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
Daoud wondered if the cross concealed a poisoned stiletto like Tilia's.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea

In poetry:

Blessed eyes, which see the things we see!
And yet this tree of life hath proved
To many a soul a poison tree,
Beheld, and not beloved.
"Thirteenth Sunday After Trinity" by John Keble
My father poison'd me to death,
My mother's hand will stop my breath;
Her womb, that once my substance gave,
Will very quickly be my grave.
"The Believer's Riddle; or, the Mystery of Faith" by Ralph Erskine
Her maidens came in, and supposing she slept,
Stood silently round and about;
No visible marks the base poison had left,
It ravag'd within, nor without.
"Edmund And Anna" by Charlotte Dacre
"Oh, Anna! black midnight will speedily be,
The poison! the dagger! are near,
So, farewell! for ever farewell unto thee,
Nay, start not! what folly is fear!"
"Edmund And Anna" by Charlotte Dacre
We praise thee—if one rescued soul,
While the past year prolonged its flight,
Turned shuddering, from the poisonous bowl,
To health, and liberty, and light.
"New Year's Hymn" by John Pierpont
To his life he kissed his finger-tips:
"Drink deep the beaker, and so farewell!"
Then slowly the poisoned draught she sips
(How they laugh at her meek dismay!).
"A Youth's Suicide" by Rose Hawthorne Lathrop

In news:

Food poisoning linked to illness at Tucker prison.
Anyone can get food poisoning , but babies and toddlers are at especially high risk and once they become infected, young children can have a hard time getting well.
Keep young children safe from food poisoning .
Food poisoning too often a Memorial Day trimming.
Whether folks are enjoying a summer picnic, barbecue by the pool or Memorial Day potluck, they're more likely to get food poisoning now than any other time of the year.
Mother's Day food poisoning linked to common bacterium.
The food poisoning scare that sickened 150 people at a Buddhist monastery on Mother's Day has been tracked back to a common bacterium.
Sticky rice balls eyed in Kent food poisoning .
Devils' Ryan Carter jokes about playoff mustache, food poisoning .
Ryan Carter is back in the Devils' lineup after missing one game because of food poisoning .
Settlement Serves Up $370,000 To Food Poisoning Victims.
Bloomberg Links Drop in Food Poisoning to Restaurant Grades.
5 recovering drug addicts die of food poisoning from soy sausage at Mexican rehab center.
Paralysis tied to food poisoning in border towns.
Food Poisoning Hits 1 in 6 Americans Each Year: CDC.

In science:

There is poison gas that can be released by means of particle decay from a radioactive sample that is also within the box.
From Knowledge, Knowability and the Search for Objective Randomness to a New Vision of Complexity
Therefore, efforts to find a gravitational explanation continue as in the case of a recent paper by Nyambuya (2008) who proposes an azimuthally symmetric solution to Poison’s equation for empty space to explain qualitatively the Pioneer anomaly.
The Anomalous Acceleration of the Pioneer Spacecrafts
Observe that the numerator in (10) represent the Poison bracket {Φ, H} = ˙Φ and the denominator is ||∇Φ||2 .
Nonlinear evolution of coarse-grained quantum systems with generalized purity constraints
We see that, when µ = 0, the Poison bracket (28) is zero and the gconstrained equations reduce to the Schroedinger equation.
Nonlinear evolution of coarse-grained quantum systems with generalized purity constraints
The quantum de Rham cohomology QhH ∗dR (M ) of a Poison manifold has the fol lowing properties: α ∧h β = (−1)|α||β |β ∧h α, (α ∧h β ) ∧h γ = α ∧h (β ∧h γ ), for α, β , γ ∈ QhH ∗dR (M ).
On Quantum de Rham Cohomology