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ven·er·y 1

n. pl. ven·er·ies Archaic
The indulgence in or pursuit of sexual activity.

[Middle English venerie, from Old French, from Medieval Latin veneria, from Latin venus, vener-, desire, love; see wen- in Indo-European roots.]

ven·er·y 2

n. pl. ven·er·ies Archaic
The act or sport of hunting; the chase.

[Middle English venerie, from Old French, from vener, to hunt, from Latin vēnārī; see wen- in Indo-European roots.]
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(ˈvɛnərɪ; ˈviː-)
archaic the pursuit of sexual gratification
[C15: from Medieval Latin veneria, from Latin venus love, Venus1]


(ˈvɛnərɪ; ˈviː-)
(Hunting) the art, sport, lore, or practice of hunting, esp with hounds; the chase
[C14: from Old French venerie, from vener to hunt, from Latin vēnārī]
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(ˈvɛn ə ri)

n. Archaic.
the gratification of sexual desire.
[1490–1500; < Latin vener- (see Venus); compare Latin venera amours]


(ˈvɛn ə ri)

n. Archaic.
the practice or sport of hunting; the chase.
[1275–1325; < Middle French, =ven(er) to hunt (« Latin vēnāri) + -erie -ery]
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1. Archaic. the sport, practice, or art of hunting or the chase.
2. the animals that are hunted.
See also: Hunting
Archaic. sexual activity; the gratification of sexual impulses.
See also: Sex
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 wild animals which are hunted as game, 1350.
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She looked upon venery as the natural occupation for men and women, and was ever ready with precept and example from her own wide experience.
They wonder why I came not to revile venery and vice; and verily, I came not to warn against pickpockets either!
During this time, deer and pheasants were left to the free enjoyment of their nature, hunted so lazily that, it was said, the art of venery ran great risk of degenerating at the court of France.
Wyeth was immediately for pursuing them, rifle in hand, but saw evident signs of dissatisfaction in his half-breed hunters; who considered him as trenching upon their province, and meddling with things quite above his capacity; for these veterans of the wilderness are exceedingly pragmatical, on points of venery and woodcraft, and tenacious of their superiority; looking down with infinite contempt upon all raw beginners.
I know no one but myself who is acquainted with the noble art of venery. After me it will all be over, and people will hunt with gins, snares, and traps.
Close behind the pack rode a fourrier and a yeoman-pricker, whooping on the laggards and encouraging the leaders, in the shrill half-French jargon which was the language of venery and woodcraft.
Most of the terms of venery, an antiquated word for both hunting and sexual conquest, come from Saint Albans's list.
Abusch sees the lore of venery in the killing of Huwawa, guardian of the Cedar Forest (Tablet V), as well as in Gilgamesh's activities during his wanderings in the steppe following the death of Enkidu (Tablet IX).
Dula continues to attempt to arouse Evadne with erotic language, claiming 'A dozen wanton words put in your head / will make you livelier in your husband's bed' (20-1), echoing Ambroise Pare's suggestion that erotic language might cause a woman to 'take fire and bee enflamed to venery'.
The use of scenthounds to track prey dates back to Assyrian, Babylonian and ancient Egyptian times, and was known as venery.
This statement makes sense, given the complexity of Thater's subject matter: the networked entanglements between human and other, species and habitat, viewer and viewing space, zebra and zeal (the last a term of venery for a group of zebras).
[...] They drift in from all corners of Allied Europe, linked by some network of family, venery and a history of other such parties" (247).