fang

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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 of fang

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before 1050; Middle English, Old English: something caught; cognate with German Fang capture, booty, Old Norse fang a grasp, hold. See fang2
Related formsfanged [fangd] /fæŋd/, adjectivefang·less, adjectivefang·like, adjectiveun·fanged, adjective

fang

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

Origin of fang

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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]
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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fang

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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 plural) British informal toothclean your fangs
Derived Formsfanged, adjectivefangless, adjectivefanglike, adjective

Word Origin for fang

Old English fang what is caught, prey; related to Old Norse fang a grip, German Fang booty

fang

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verb (intr)
  1. to drive at great speed
noun
  1. an act or instance of driving in such a waywe took the car for a fang

Word Origin for fang

C20: from Juan Manuel Fangio

Fang

noun
  1. plural Fangs or 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

[făng]
  1. 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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