- a strong taste or flavor.
- the distinctive flavor or quality of a thing.
- a pungent or distinctive odor.
- a touch or suggestion of something; slight trace.
- a long and slender projecting strip, tongue, or prong forming part of an object, as a chisel, file, or knife, and serving as a means of attachment for another part, as a handle or stock.
- a surgeonfish.
- to furnish with a tang.
Origin of tang1
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- a sharp ringing or twanging sound; clang.
- to ring or twang; clang.
Origin of tang2
Examples from the Web for tanged
On his face he felt a brisk spray, and the air was tanged with salt.Ripeness is All
The derivation of this form of spear-head from the so-called Arreton Down type of tanged blade is now admitted.The Bronze Age in Ireland
Instead the rich vigor of the brine subtends them and bears them, tanged with salt, to our deeper delectation.Old Plymouth Trails
A short while back I sang the praises of the feast in the open—the feast of your own kill, tanged with the wood smoke.The River and I
John G. Neihardt
- a strong taste or flavourthe tang of the sea
- a pungent or characteristic smellthe tang of peat fires
- a trace, touch, or hint of somethinga tang of cloves in the apple pie
- the pointed end of a tool, such as a chisel, file, knife, etc, which is fitted into a handle, shaft, or stock
- the imperial dynasty of China from 618–907 ad
Word Origin and History for tanged
mid-14c., "serpent's tongue" (thought to be a stinging organ), later "sharp extension of a metal blade" (1680s), from Old Norse tangi "spit of land, pointed metal tool," perhaps related to tunga "tongue" (see tongue). Figurative sense of "a sharp taste" is first recorded mid-15c.; that of "suggestion, trace" is from 1590s. The fish (1734) so called for their spines.