1 [fang]
one of the long, sharp, hollow or grooved teeth of a venomous snake by which poison is injected.
a canine tooth.
a tooth resembling a dog's.
the root of a tooth.
one of the chelicerae of a spider.
a pointed, tapering part of a thing.
Machinery. the tang of a tool.

before 1050; Middle English, Old English: something caught; cognate with German Fang capture, booty, Old Norse fang a grasp, hold. See fang2

fanged [fangd] , adjective
fangless, adjective
fanglike, adjective
unfanged, adjective Unabridged


2 [fang] ,
verb (used with object) British Dialect.
to seize; grab.

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, fahng, fahn] ,
noun, plural Fangs (especially collectively) Fang for 1.
Also called Pahouin, Pangwe. a member of an indigenous people of Gabon, Cameroon, and adjacent areas.
the Bantu language spoken by this people.
Also, Fan. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
fang1 (fæŋ)
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.  informal (Brit) (usually plural) tooth: clean your fangs
[Old English fang what is caught, prey; related to Old Norse fang a grip, German Fang booty]

fang2 (fæŋ)
1.  to drive at great speed
2.  an act or instance of driving in such a way: we took the car for a fang
[C20: from Juan Manuel Fangio]

Fang (fæŋ, fɑːŋ)
n , Fangs, Fang
1.  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 & History

O.E. fang "prey, spoils, a seizing or taking," from gefangen, pp. of fon "seize, take, capture," from P.Gmc. *fango- (cf. O.N. fanga, Ger. fangen), from PIE base *pank-/*pak- "to make firm, fix;" connected to L. pax (gen. pacis) "peace." The sense of "canine tooth" (1555) probably
developed from O.E. fengtoð, lit. "catching- or grasping-tooth."
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Science Dictionary
fang   (fāng)  Pronunciation Key 
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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Example sentences
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.
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