\ ˈfaŋ How to pronounce fang (audio) \

Definition of fang

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a long sharp tooth: such as
(1) : one by which an animal's prey is seized and held or torn
(2) : one of the long hollow or grooved and often erectile teeth of a venomous snake
b : one of the chelicerae of a spider at the tip of which a poison gland opens
2 : the root of a tooth or one of the processes or prongs into which a root divides
3 : a projecting tooth or prong
\ ˈfaŋ How to pronounce Fang (audio) , ˈfäŋ How to pronounce Fang (audio) \
variants: or less commonly Fan \ ˈfan How to pronounce Fan (audio) , ˈfän \
plural Fang or Fangs also Fan or Fans

Definition of Fang (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a member of a Bantu-speaking people of northern Gabon, mainland Equatorial Guinea, and southern Cameroon
2 : the language of the Fang people

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Other Words from fang

Noun (1)

fanged \ ˈfaŋd How to pronounce fanged (audio) \ adjective

Examples of fang in a Sentence

Noun (1) the fangs of a rattlesnake a tiger baring its fangs
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun What no one knows yet is just how sharp its fangs are. Tim Stelloh, NBC News, "Missouri governor delays rolling out phase two of reopening," 30 May 2020 Declines in consumption as sugar grew fangs in the public sphere. USA Today, "As coronavirus pandemic spikes orange juice sales, a Florida citrus grower gets squeezed," 13 May 2020 Molly After showing her fangs at her new law firm, Molly (Yvonne Orji) remains on top professionally. Keyaira Boone, Essence, "Insecure Is Back! Here's Everything You Need To Know About Season 3," 11 Apr. 2020 But this week, as COVID-19 sank its fangs deeper into the region, declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization, the crowd at the restaurant shrunk to half the usual number. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "Family-style meals get awkward with COVID-19," 14 Mar. 2020 Nia is obsessed with vampire fiction, so AJ pretends to be a vampire, with Halloween fangs and fake blood. Maria Russo, New York Times, "Graphic Novels Your Kid (Probably) Hasn’t Read Yet," 28 Feb. 2020 Commonly, this training involves introducing the dog to a rattlesnake without fangs or venom. John Gordon, Outdoor Life, "10 Gun Dog Disasters to Avoid," 11 Feb. 2020 Jolie plays Maleficent’s struggle to connect both for laughs — yikes, those fangs! — and pathos. BostonGlobe.com, "Angelina Jolie is back as Maleficent — and Michelle Pfeiffer better watch out - The Boston Globe," 17 Oct. 2019 At their wildest, the girls fuse into a wolf pack, donning fangs and snarling at the moon. Amanda Hess, New York Times, "The Wild Woman Awakens," 17 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of fang

Noun (1)

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun (2)

1861, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fang

Noun (1)

Middle English, that which is taken, from Old English; akin to Old High German fang seizure, Old English fōn to seize — more at pact

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“Fang.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fang. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for fang

fang

noun
How to pronounce Fang (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of fang

: a long, sharp tooth

fang

noun
\ ˈfaŋ How to pronounce fang (audio) \

Kids Definition of fang

1 : one of the long sharp teeth by which an animal seizes and holds its prey
2 : one of the usually two long hollow or grooved teeth by which a poisonous snake injects its poison

Other Words from fang

fanged \ ˈfaŋd \ adjective

fang

noun
\ ˈfaŋ How to pronounce fang (audio) \

Medical Definition of fang

1a : a long sharp tooth: as
(1) : one by which an animal's prey is seized and held or torn
(2) : one of the long hollow or grooved and often erectile teeth of a venomous snake
b : one of a spider's chelicerae at the tip of which a poison gland opens
2 : the root of a tooth or one of the processes or prongs into which a root divides

Other Words from fang

fanged \ ˈfaŋd How to pronounce fanged (audio) \ adjective

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