"Why, so as not to lay waste the country we were abandoning to the enemy," said Prince Andrew with venomous irony.
From the alighting board, instead of the former spirituous fragrant smell of honey and venom, and the warm whiffs of crowded life, comes an odor of emptiness and decay mingling with the smell of honey.
There are no more uses of "venom" in the book.
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It was a cobra, whose venom could kill a person in minutes.
Paulo Coelho -- The Alchemist
I used elder python venom, straight from the depths of Tartarus.