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Poison, n. An elemental or chemical agent which, when introduced to an
organism by contact, inhalation, or ingestion, induces reactions which
are harmful or lethal. Poison has historically been associated with
assassins, an extremely dishonorable lot which refuses to rely
exclusively on firearms to commit murder as civilized men do. There
are many known poisons. Most of the heavier elements, such as lead,
mercury, selenium, administratium, and so on, are poisonous. The
biological world has produced hosts of organic poisons; industry
observed this, and realized that it might be able to gain substantial
profits by providing assassins with a superior variety of products.
This prospect was successful beyond all expectation, and now provides
millions of jobs, forming a stable and respected pillar of the
economy. Realizing that openly advertising products for use in
assassinations could be a potential legal liability, poisons are
effectively concealed behind a front that markets them as fertilizers,
fuels, cleaning agents...

-- Hayward's Unabridged Dictionary



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