venat-, vener-

(Latin: to hunt; hunting)

venatic (adjective), more venatic, most venatic
1. Pertaining to being employed in or devoted to stalking certain animals as a source of food: Kevin has venatic interests and often engages in hunting for sport and for nutritional reasons.
2. Descriptive of or pertaining to hunting in ancient Roman times: The drawings on the wall in the temple depicted the venatic activities of Romans who were carrying spears and chasing wild animals.
Hunting or chasing for sport.
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venatical (adjective)
Relating to or a reference to being involved with hunting.
venatically (adverb)
Regarding hunting or descriptive of the actions of hunting.
venationes (pl) (noun)
Hunts involving the slaughter of animals, especially fierce ones, by other animals or by human bestiarii or fighters of wild beasts and, sometimes of criminals by animals which were a major spectacle in Rome from 186 B.C.: "The venationes supposedly displayed the ingenuity and generosity of a sponsoring politician, and the reach of Rome and its power over nature, in procuring exotic species (lions, panthers, bears, bulls, crocodiles, hippopotamuses, rhinoceroses, and elephants)."
venatious (adjective)
Inclined to hunting: "Take a rabbit, deer, or fox, etc. and let them be kept among the hounds in their kennel so that the venatious appetite of them is not excited, and they will not meddle with them."
venator (s) (noun), venators (pl)
1. A hunter or a huntsman.
2. An ancient Roman soldier who specialized in hunting wild animals.
venatorial (adjective)
1. Connected with hunting.
2. Given to hunting; addicted to the chase.
venatorious (adjective)
Related to or involved in hunting.
venatory (adjective)
A reference to hunting: "Men are venatory creatures and there are venatory skills when stalking animals."
venereal (adjective)
1. Terms of the hunt and groups referred to as: "nouns of multitude", "group terms", and "terms of venery".
2. Etymology: from venery, "practice or sport of hunting, the chase" from early 14th century; from Old French venerie, which came from Latin venari, "to hunt".

There are many group names from traditional terms of the hunt and some current creations that attempt to describe group characteristics.

Such historical nomenclature, or terminology, called Venereal Terms [listed at this page] or Terms of Venery, were said to refer to a gathering of "group names" or collective nouns from the hunt and social functions.

For more information about this segment, see Historical background for terms of Venery.

Venereal terms, or the language of the chase (hunt), were in general use as well-established hunting terms. The names were considered to be the proper terms for groups of beasts, fish, fowls, insects, or whatever was designated and they were "codified in the fifteenth century".

venery (s) (noun), veneries (pl)
1. The act or sport of hunting; the chase; the practice of hunting, or the animals hunted.
2. Etymology: from venery, "hunting" [archaic], "to hunt"; from Latin venari, "to hunt, to pursue"; the act, art, or sport of hunting; "love for the pursuit [hunt]".

Don't confuse this word with another venery which refers to "the pursuit of or indulgence in sexual pleasure".

venison (s) (noun)
1. Deer flesh used for food.
2. The flesh of any edible game.
3. Etymology: from French venaison which came from Latin venatio, venationis, "hunting", from venatus, venari, "hunt, to hunt".

Here is an attempt to clarify the different "hunt, hunting" and the "love, fondness" terms: vener-, "love, sexual references"; Names for Groups or "Venery names"; Introduction to Venereal and Other Group Terms or "Venery names"; Venereal Terms or "names for a variety of groups".