fang

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noun (1)

1
a
: 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
fanged adjective
variants or less commonly Fan
ˈfan How to pronounce Fang (audio)
ˈfän
plural Fang or Fangs also Fan or Fans
1
: a member of a Bantu-speaking people of northern Gabon, mainland Equatorial Guinea, and southern Cameroon
2
: the language of the Fang people

Examples of fang in a Sentence

Noun (1) the fangs of a rattlesnake a tiger baring its fangs
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun (2)

1861, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of fang was in 1555

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Cite this Entry

“Fang.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fang. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

fang

noun
1
a
: one of the long sharp teeth which are used by an animal to seize, hold, and tear apart its prey
b
: one of the long hollow or grooved teeth of a poisonous snake
2
: a root of a tooth
fanged adjective

Medical Definition

fang

noun
1
a
: 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
fanged adjective

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