pellicle, n. skin, membrane, integument, cuticle, caul, Biol, epithelium, peel, Bot. epidermis; film, scum, foam, froth; slick, oil slick, spill; thin coating or coat, crust, covering, cover, layer, blanket, dusting; sheet, foil, lamina, thin plate, flake, scale; veneer, facing, finish, varnish, enamel. pell-mell, adv. 1. hurry-scurry, abruptly, precipitately, slapdash, slapbang; recklessly, impetuously, rashly; carelessly, summarily, without due reflection, on the spur of the moment, spontaneously, impulsively, at short notice, extemporaneously; prematurely, too soon, out of the blue, without proper preparation, Inf. at half cock; heedlessly, without due caution, thoughtlessly, cursorily; feverishly, foolishly, imprudently, incautiously, unadvisedly.
2. hastily, in great haste; helter-skelter, speedily, hurriedly, breathlessly, double-quick, too quickly; in a wink, Inf. like greased lightning, like one possessed; like a shot, like mad, Inf like a bat out of hell, full tilt, in high gear.
-adj. 3. indiscriminate, haphazard, random; casual, hit-or-miss, unmethodical, methodless, unsystematic, systemless; unordered, orderless, disordered, disorderly, disorganized, unorganized, unarranged, irregular; scrambled, tangled, disarranged, in disarray; confused, chaotic, all mixed-up, upside down, Inf. topsy-turvy, at sixes and sevens, muddled, jumbled, hugger-mugger.
-n. 4. mob, unruly group, rabble, horde; rout, surge, Inf. mob scene, brawlers, rioters.
5. confusion, disorder, upheaval, turmoil, tumult; agitation, stir, ferment, bustle, hurry-scurry, hubbub; commotion, turbulence, brouhaha; uproar, pother, disturbance; trouble, to-do, row, melee, fracas, rumpus, brawl, riot; anarchy, chaos, pandemonium, bedlam, babel, three-ring circus. pellucid, adj. 1. translucent, glassy, crystalline, vitreous, vitric, vitriform, hyaline; clear, transparent, transpicuous, crystal, crystal clear, diaphanous, see-through, limpid.
2. understandable, comprehensible, apprehensible; intelligible, coherent, articulate, cogent, lucid; rational, simple, plainly-worded, exoteric, unhidden, undisguised; straightforward, written for the layman, popular, Inf. in words of one syllable; unambiguous, perspicuous, unconfusing, with no room for confusion, clear, clear-cut, graphic, vivid, explicit, express, salient, downright, to the point, direct, not mincing words; apparent, revealed, disclosed, unconcealed; prominent, plain, pronounced, palpable, visible; unquestionable, unmistakable, unequivocal; obvious, overt, bare, naked, bald, blunt. pelt1, v. 1. attack, assail, stone, lapidate; riddle, shower, bombard, pepper, Brit. SI. prang; strafe, shell, torpedo, cannonade, Mil. barrage, fusillade, blitz; batter, beat, beat up, Archaic, belabor; pound, Inf wallop, lay on, pommel, pummel, thrash, trounce, SI. paste, SI. clobber; maul, manhandle, rough up, SI. knock around or about; SI. work over, SI. give one the works; smite, hit, strike, slap, smack, cuff, buffer; punch, Inf. slug, whack, SI. belt.
2. throw, heave, fling, cast, throw, propel; toss, hurl, sling, catapult, launch; dart, Brit. SI. bung, fire, shoot, let sail or fly; dash, chuck, peg, send, pitch, put, lance, bowl.
3. revile, vituperate, abuse, lash, lash out at, rail against, inveigh against; light into, Inf. sail into, Inf. tear into, Inf. rip into, Inf. lace into, Inf. jump down [s.o.'s] throat, Archaic, clapperclaw; scold, tongue-lash, rate, harangue, rant; curse, execrate, imprecate, anathematize; upbraid, objurgate, excoriate, lambaste, flay, fulminate against; castigate, chastise, berate, censure, criticize, reproach, rebuke, reprove, Inf. jump on, Inf. dress down, Inf. slam, SI. jump all
My Account / Test History
The difference is that poison gets into your body if you inhale it (breathe it in), ingest it (eat or drink), or touch it. Venom gets into your body if it is injected in, such as through a bite or a sting.
Certain snakes are venomous, because they bite you and inject their venom (although many native English speakers say "poisonous snake"). Scorpions and some spiders are also venomous, because they bite or sting you. There are plants and frogs that are poisonous - you will get sick if you touch them or eat them.
Sometimes people use poison to kill other people - by secretly putting it into their food or drink. When this happens, we say the victim was poisoned.