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in zoology, organ found in bees, many wasps, some ants, and in scorpions and sting rays, used defensively as well as to kill or paralyze prey. In the bee and the wasp the venomvenom
or zootoxin,
any of a variety of poisonous substances produced by animals. In poisonous snakes, venom is secreted in two poison glands, one on each side of the upper jaw, and enters the fang by a duct.
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 is produced by glands associated with the ovipositor (egg-laying organ) of the female. As symptoms differ, it is assumed that the venom of each species of insect probably has slightly different chemical properties. The bee's "acid gland" produces histamine and proteinlike substances that are extremely dangerous to persons with specific allergies to them. Adrenaline injections may be lifesaving in such cases. In the honeybee the sting is a minute needle with tiny serrated edges, the teeth of which point backward. This makes it hard for the insect to pull the organ loose and often results in the fatal loss of the sting, the poison gland, and part of the intestine. Hornets, yellow jackets, and other wasps have sharp, smooth stings that can be used repeatedly. A few ants produce formic acid as a venom. The scorpion kills its prey with poison injected by a curved spine at the tip of its tail; the wound is painful to human adults and may be fatal to children. Strictly speaking, spiders bite rather than sting, since they inject their venom by means of fanglike cheliceras. Coelenterates, e.g., the hydra, jellyfish, and certain corals, are equipped with stinging capsules (nematocysts) consisting of a trigger mechanism that, when stimulated, raises the hydrostatic pressure of the cell so that hollow venom-bearing threads are ejected with enough force to pierce the prey. The larger coelenterates, e.g., the Portuguese man-of-war and Cyanea, are dangerous to man. The stingrays, or stingarees, have long whiplike tails bearing one to three sharply toothed, bony, poisonous stingers capable of inflicting painful wounds.


1. a skin wound caused by the poison injected by certain insects or plants
2. pain caused by or as if by the sting of a plant or animal
3. a sharp pointed organ, such as the ovipositor of a wasp, by which poison can be injected into the prey
4. Slang a trap set up by the police to entice a person to commit a crime and thereby produce evidence


A parallel dialect of Scheme intended to serve as a high-level operating system for symbolic programming languages. First-class threads and processors and customisable scheduling policies.

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["A Customizable Substrate for Concurrent Languages", S. Jagannathan et al, ACM SIGPLAN Notices, 1992].
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In its first report published in 2002, Pratichi had been stingingly critical of the standard of primary education in the state.
/ My pen!/ Sit down with me/ and I will give you/ wings to fly/ You are my only friend/ My only way to let the world/ know what I feel." The penned products in this anthology are surprisingly eloquent and stingingly heartfelt, thus rising to the level of literary art.
Such "gender symmetry" findings, it should be said, have in turn been strongly challenged and stingingly critiqued (Kimmel, 2002; Pagelow, 1985).
But the scheme - known as Destination St Helens - has been stingingly criticised by the Government's architecture advisor and the council's transport officers.
I decided to pull out all the stops and go for hydrogen peroxide, bracing myself for the torment of drenching the swollen, irritated area with that stingingly harsh solvent.
In the April 1934 Crisis edition, Du Bois wrote stingingly "Walter White is White" and most of his companions and friends are too.
It's got all the rugged beauty you could wish for, bags of often stingingly fresh air and it's only a couple of hours down the road.
Stingingly, many of the authors address white supremacy's coveted nature within us--an alien that must be exorcised and disboweled from within, and institutionally dismantled from without.
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He was quite clear about that." This integrity also made him anything but a camp follower of intellectual trends, especially within the academy, as many of his comments in the course of our conversation made stingingly clear, particularly when we discussed "French theory." And so modesty, linked to a sense of integrity, could ultimately give form to the scathing commentaries Dorn was known for.
Gerry's monthly column, known as "Kobe's Beef," could he very funny or stingingly sarcastic and critical, but it was always interesting food for thought and he hated to give it up.