- a strong taste or flavor.
- the distinctive flavor or quality of a thing.
- a pungent or distinctive odor.
- a touch or suggestion of something; slight trace.
- 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.
- a surgeonfish.
- to furnish with a tang.
Origin of tang1
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- a sharp ringing or twanging sound; clang.
- to ring or twang; clang.
Origin of tang2
- a dynasty in China, a.d. 618–907, marked by territorial expansion, the invention of printing, and the high development of poetry.
Examples from the Web for tang
The tomatoes' crunch and tang add new dimensions of delight.The Ultimate Southern Cheeseburger Created in South Carolina
Jane & Michael Stern
August 10, 2014
As far as we know, the earliest frozen dairy treat was made in China during the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD).An Investigation Into the Delicious Origins of Ice Cream
July 13, 2014
Outside, Matt Schultz supporters in Boy Scout uniforms made pancakes and handed out cups of Tang.The Bizarro World Of Iowa’s GOP Convention
June 23, 2014
Desperate to find her missing daughter, Tang posted photos of her across the city.Woman Sent to Labor Camp in China’s Latest Abuse Outrage
August 9, 2012
"Weibo is really quick," says Tang Yitong, one of the volunteers.Animal Rights: Saving Chinese Dogs From the Cooking Pot
Isaac Stone Fish
April 23, 2011
His real name was Li, and he belonged to the ruling Tang dynasty.
IN the days of the Tang dynasty there lived a certain count in the camp at Ludschou.
Li Dsing had an old friend, a companion of the Prince of Tang.
There was a snap and tang in the breeze which braced one like a tonic.Cy Whittaker's Place
Joseph C. Lincoln
Then there is an inspiration in the wide expanse, a snap and tang and joy in the air.Keziah Coffin
Joseph C. Lincoln
- a strong taste or flavourthe tang of the sea
- a pungent or characteristic smellthe tang of peat fires
- a trace, touch, or hint of somethinga tang of cloves in the apple pie
- the pointed end of a tool, such as a chisel, file, knife, etc, which is fitted into a handle, shaft, or stock
- the imperial dynasty of China from 618–907 ad
Word Origin and History for tang
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.