fang

noun (1)
\ 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

Fang

noun (2)
\ 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

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In 2016, a paper published in Biology Letters posited that male redbacks and brown widows use their fangs to create openings in immature females’ shells and access their genitals. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Male Black Widow Spiders Find Potential Mates by Following Other Suitors’ Trails," 2 Aug. 2019 Jaguar’s engineering of the F-Pace SVR is all claws, fangs and growl in a velvet coat. San Diego Union-Tribune, "550-hp Jaguar F-Pace SVR: all claws, fangs and growl in a velvet coat," 15 Sep. 2019 The two men spotted this huntsman spider (which is about the size of a large adult's hand) hanging from the top of the door with a dead pygmy possum hanging from its fangs. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "This Giant Spider Literally Ate a Possum and the Photos Will Haunt Your Dreams," 30 June 2019 The young are born with fangs and venom and may even feed before hibernating for the winter. National Geographic, "Copperheads," 22 July 2019 Now researchers in South Korea have developed a promising alternative: a patch covered in miniscule needles inspired by snake fangs. Scientific American, "Fang Needles, Quantum Carpets and Tender Robot Touches," 2 Aug. 2019 Claws and fangs fill my sight, and every instinct screams kill. David Canfield, EW.com, "Ready for more Slayer? Get a first look at Kiersten White's next Buffy-based novel," 17 July 2019 Tie it all together with a black dress, white face powder, and some fangs. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "5 DIY Vampire Costume Ideas for Halloween," 16 July 2019 To many of us, rattlesnakes carry a reputation as evil assailants lying in wait for their target, fangs at the ready. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Rattlesnake season is here. Be prepared.," 28 June 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

noun

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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