Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Something used to poison rats with, as a preparation of arsenic.
  • noun A West African shrub, Chailletia toxicaria, whose seeds are used to destroy rats.

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Examples

  • Authorities say a backpack bomb found along the Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade route in downtown Spokane, Wash., last week contained a rat-poison chemical and metal shrapnel, both designed to inflict maximum damage.

    MLK Day bomb in Spokane contained rat poison, shrapnel

  • You people need to quit picking on recovering drug addicts who have suffered a relapse and signed up to Etsy to earn drug money by creating works of art with the things they stole when they were high but have no actual resale value unless combined with other valueless pieces of crap they find in their pockets after coming down off of their rat-poison laced high.

    Regretsy – jIyajbe’

  • But several militant organizations in Bangalore -- including one to which Mr. Gowda, the rat-poison drinker, belongs -- tried to disrupt last month's opening ceremony, attacking public buses and storefronts, even though Karnataka police placed hundreds of activists under preventive arrest.

    Indian Statue Oversees Fragile Ethnic Peace

  • Get that potato some whipped mayo and maybe some rat-poison (or plutonium) and we'll be in business.

    Boing Boing

  • The report is a grim catalog of failure: In January, two endangered adult male pandas died after rat-poison pellets that emit toxic fumes were buried in their yard for the first time.

    National Disaster?

  • But just when you expect to find chocolate chips in her sweet little prose treats, there are little rat-poison pellets instead.

    Caitlin Flanagan to Housewives: Please Eat the Damn Daisies

  • But just when you expect to find chocolate chips in her sweet little prose treats, there are little rat-poison pellets instead.

    Caitlin Flanagan to Housewives: Please Eat the Damn Daisies

  • Papas coming home late at night, shaking with rage and distress, all because Chrysoula got to the age of fourteen and no one had ever told her that one day she would bleed, and she is so horrified, she thinks that she has some loathsome secret disease, and she can't tell anyone, and she takes rat-poison.

    Captain Corelli's Mandolin

  • Trevaine-root was easy enough to find, being a common rat-poison.

    Fiddler Fair

  • I hadn't expected to be given caviar either but there was a fair-sized paper picnic plate full of the stuff, spread for me on strips of buttered toast as neatly as you'd spread rat-poison.

    The Striker Portfolio

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