- 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.
Origin of tanga
First recorded in 1590–1600, tanga is from the Hindi word taṅgā
- a seaport in NE Tanzania.
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Examples from the Web for tanga
Ipanema has long been the hotbed of beach apparel, launching looks like the tanga and the g-string.The Girl From Ipanema Is Not Alone: Rio’s Famous Beach Is A Rich, Cultural Kaleidoscope
June 23, 2014
Mr. Brett Young's Marching on Tanga was the best written of all the books produced during the war by men on active service.
Everything was put by except his knife, and this, drawn from his tanga, was now held tightly in his grasp.Afloat in the Forest
Tanga is another place that puts one in mind of a snake charming a bird and then devouring it.Seven Legs Across the Seas
It was disembarked from the troopship near Tanga, and then moved against the position.
This unexpected reinforcement made the capture of Tanga almost impossible by the forces present.
- a triangular loincloth worn by indigenous peoples in tropical America
- a type of very brief bikini
from Portuguese, ultimately of Banth origin
- a port in N Tanzania, on the Indian Ocean: Tanzania's second port. Pop: 190 000 (2005 est)
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