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tang1

[tang] /tæŋ/
noun
1.
a strong taste or flavor.
2.
the distinctive flavor or quality of a thing.
3.
a pungent or distinctive odor.
4.
a touch or suggestion of something; slight trace.
5.
a long and slender projecting strip, tongue, or prong forming part of an object, as a chisel, file, or knife, and serving as a means of attachment for another part, as a handle or stock.
6.
a surgeonfish.
verb (used with object)
7.
to furnish with a tang.
Origin of tang1
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English tange tongue of a snake, projection on a tool, perhaps < Old Norse tangi projection, headland
Synonyms
1. savor. 4. taste, hint.

tang2

[tang] /tæŋ/
noun
1.
a sharp ringing or twanging sound; clang.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
2.
to ring or twang; clang.
Origin
1550-60; imitative; see ting1

T'ang

or Tang

[tahng] /tɑŋ/
noun
1.
a dynasty in China, a.d. 618–907, marked by territorial expansion, the invention of printing, and the high development of poetry.
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Examples from the Web for tang
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  • There was, actually, a tang of dawn, known only to those who have tasted the heights at sunrise with the heart.

    The Bright Messenger Algernon Blackwood
  • Li Dsing had an old friend, a companion of the Prince of tang.

  • Even before the cart came to the gate, Ruth smelled the tang of powder smoke.

  • There was a snap and tang in the breeze which braced one like a tonic.

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
  • His real name was Li, and he belonged to the ruling tang dynasty.

British Dictionary definitions for tang

tang

/tæŋ/
noun
1.
a strong taste or flavour: the tang of the sea
2.
a pungent or characteristic smell: the tang of peat fires
3.
a trace, touch, or hint of something: a tang of cloves in the apple pie
4.
the pointed end of a tool, such as a chisel, file, knife, etc, which is fitted into a handle, shaft, or stock
Word Origin
C14: from Old Norse tangi point; related to Danish tange point, spit

Tang

/tæŋ/
noun
1.
the imperial dynasty of China from 618–907 ad
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Word Origin and History for tang
n.

mid-14c., "serpent's tongue" (thought to be a stinging organ), later "sharp extension of a metal blade" (1680s), from Old Norse tangi "spit of land, pointed metal tool," perhaps related to tunga "tongue" (see tongue). Figurative sense of "a sharp taste" is first recorded mid-15c.; that of "suggestion, trace" is from 1590s. The fish (1734) so called for their spines.

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Slang definitions & phrases for tang

tan someone's hide

v,v phr

To beat someone severely; thrash: Fetch me my gin, son, 'fore I tan your hide

Related Terms

black and tan

[1670+; fr the making of a hide into leather by tanning]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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