Meaning of POISON in English



Pronunciation: ' po ̇ i-z ə n

Function: noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French poisun drink, potion, poison, from Latin potion-, potio drink ― more at POTION

Date: 13th century

1 a : a substance that through its chemical action usually kills, injures, or impairs an organism b (1) : something destructive or harmful (2) : an object of aversion or abhorrence

2 : a substance that inhibits the activity of another substance or the course of a reaction or process <a catalyst poison >

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.