[tuh ng-gah]
  1. either of two former coins of India, one gold and one silver, issued by various Muslim rulers.
  2. a former coin of Portuguese India, equal to the 10th part of a rupee.
  3. a former silver coin of Tibet of varying weight and fineness.
Also tangka.

Origin of tanga

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


  1. a seaport in NE Tanzania.
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  1. a triangular loincloth worn by indigenous peoples in tropical America
  2. a type of very brief bikini

Word Origin for tanga

from Portuguese, ultimately of Banth origin


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