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
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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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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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