- 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.
Origin of fang1
- to seize; grab.
Origin of fang2
Related Words for fangivory, tentacle, paw, fingernail, prong, tooth, snag, tush, tusk, molar, premolar, fang, cuspid, bicuspid, incisor, eyetooth, bridgework, ivories, dentition
Examples from the Web for fang
Contemporary Examples of fang
But, as Fang continued, the administration quickly evolved away from that position.Lobbyist Derangement Syndrome Sweeps DC
August 8, 2014
The last several years I called my ex-husbands “Fang” on stage, too.Roseanne Barr Hails the Comedic Genius of Phyllis Diller
August 21, 2012
In 1989, Fang Lizhi wrote an open letter to Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping demanding the release of political prisoners.
Fang sought refuge along with his family at the U.S. embassy and President George H.W. Bush agreed to grant him asylum.
Fang became a professor at the University of Arizona, where he taught until his death in 2012.
Historical Examples of fang
First he has to be broken in, to learn "the law of club and fang."
"It's a wise fellow who wrenches forth the serpent's fang," shouted he.
By this time tomorrow, I hope that we will be forever done with the law of claw and fang.The Galaxy Primes
Edward Elmer Smith
She's done for at lasht—an' blade to fang, in open foight ye've knoifed her!The Promise
James B. Hendryx
They were savages, all of them, who knew no law but the law of club and fang.The Call of the Wild
- the long pointed hollow or grooved tooth of a venomous snake through which venom is injected
- any large pointed tooth, esp the canine or carnassial tooth of a carnivorous mammal
- the root of a tooth
- (usually plural) British informal toothclean your fangs
Word Origin for fang
- to drive at great speed
- an act or instance of driving in such a waywe took the car for a fang
Word Origin for fang
- 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
- the language of this people, belonging to the Bantu group of the Niger-Congo family
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.
- 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.