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fang1

[fang] /fæŋ/
noun
1.
one of the long, sharp, hollow or grooved teeth of a venomous snake by which poison is injected.
2.
a canine tooth.
3.
a tooth resembling a dog's.
4.
the root of a tooth.
5.
one of the chelicerae of a spider.
6.
a pointed, tapering part of a thing.
7.
Machinery. the tang of a tool.
Origin
1050
before 1050; Middle English, Old English: something caught; cognate with German Fang capture, booty, Old Norse fang a grasp, hold. See fang2
Related forms
fanged
[fangd] /fæŋd/ (Show IPA),
adjective
fangless, adjective
fanglike, adjective
unfanged, adjective

fang2

[fang] /fæŋ/
verb (used with object), British Dialect
1.
to seize; grab.
Origin
before 900; Middle English fangen to seize, catch; cognate with Old Saxon fangan, German fangen, variant of proto-Germanic *fanhan-, whence Old English fōn, cognate with Old Saxon, Old High German, Gothic fāhan, Old Norse fā; akin to Old English gefangian to fasten

Fang

[fang, fahng, fahn] /fæŋ, fɑŋ, fɑ̃/
noun, plural Fangs (especially collectively) Fang for 1.
1.
Also called Pahouin, Pangwe. a member of an indigenous people of Gabon, Cameroon, and adjacent areas.
2.
the Bantu language spoken by this people.
Also, Fan.
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Examples for fang
  • fang likens them to an array of wind instruments, such as the pipes in an organ.
  • fang later teases her about this, causing her to get immensely angry.
  • It is clear that fang deeply cares for max, and it is obvious that he loves.
  • fang replies, she offered to cook breakfast and they both start laughing.
British Dictionary definitions for fang

fang1

/fæŋ/
noun
1.
the long pointed hollow or grooved tooth of a venomous snake through which venom is injected
2.
any large pointed tooth, esp the canine or carnassial tooth of a carnivorous mammal
3.
the root of a tooth
4.
(usually pl) (Brit, informal) tooth clean your fangs
Derived Forms
fanged, adjective
fangless, adjective
fanglike, adjective
Word Origin
Old English fang what is caught, prey; related to Old Norse fang a grip, German Fang booty

fang2

/fæŋ/
verb (intransitive)
1.
to drive at great speed
noun
2.
an act or instance of driving in such a way we took the car for a fang
Word Origin
C20: from Juan Manuel Fangio

Fang

/fæŋ; fɑːŋ/
noun
1.
(pl) Fangs, Fang. a member of a Negroid people of W Africa, living chiefly in the rain forests of Gabon and Rio Muni: noted for their use of iron and copper money and for their sculpture
2.
the language of this people, belonging to the Bantu group of the Niger-Congo family
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Word Origin and History for fang
n.

Old English fang "prey, spoils, plunder, booty; a seizing or taking," from gefangen, past participle of fon "seize, take, capture," from Proto-Germanic *fango- (cf. Old Frisian fangia, Middle Dutch and Dutch vangen, Old Norse fanga, German fangen, Gothic fahan), from PIE root *pag- "to make firm, fix;" connected to Latin pax (genitive pacis) "peace" (see pact).

The sense of "canine tooth" (1550s) probably developed from Old English fengtoð, literally "catching- or grasping-tooth." Transferred to the venom tooth of a serpent, etc., by 1800.

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fang in Science
fang
  (fāng)   
A long, pointed tooth in vertebrate animals or a similar structure in spiders, used to seize prey and sometimes to inject venom. The fangs of a poisonous snake, for example, have a hollow groove through which venom flows.
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