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tanga

[ tuhng-gah ]
/ təŋˈgɑ /
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noun

either of two former coins of India, one gold and one silver, issued by various Muslim rulers.
a former coin of Portuguese India, equal to the 10th part of a rupee.
a former silver coin of Tibet of varying weight and fineness.

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Origin of tanga

First recorded in 1590–1600, tanga is from the Hindi word taṅgā

Definition for tanga (2 of 2)

Tanga
[ tang-guh ]
/ ˈtæŋ gə /

noun

a seaport in NE Tanzania.
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British Dictionary definitions for tanga (1 of 2)

tanga
/ (ˈtæŋɡə) /

noun

a triangular loincloth worn by indigenous peoples in tropical America
a type of very brief bikini

Word Origin for tanga

from Portuguese, ultimately of Banth origin

British Dictionary definitions for tanga (2 of 2)

Tanga
/ (ˈtæŋɡə) /

noun

a port in N Tanzania, on the Indian Ocean: Tanzania's second port. Pop: 190 000 (2005 est)
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