- to seize; grab.
Origin of fang2
- 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
- to drive at great speed
- an act or instance of driving in such a waywe took the car for a 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
Word Origin and History for fanging
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.