fang

noun (1)
\ˈfaŋ \

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, ˈfäŋ \
variants: or less commonly Fan \ˈfan, 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 \ adjective

Examples of fang in a Sentence

Noun (1)

the fangs of a rattlesnake a tiger baring its fangs

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Hair of werewolf, sweat of ghost, vampire's fang; 3. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "The Ultimate "Halloweentown" Trivia Quiz," 21 Aug. 2018 Those hunters often use gasoline fumes to drive the snakes from their den, and once they’re caught, the reptiles become snacks or boots, or are stuffed in a striking position, fangs forever bared. Jason Nark, Philly.com, "Venomous passion: Pennsylvania's snake hunters head to the hills," 20 June 2018 Reading Frost’s poems as mere odes to rural idylls de-fangs them. Tyler Malone, latimes.com, "The road taken by Robert Frost through New England," 29 June 2018 The tarantula’s fangs are nearly half an inch long, about a sixth the size of its body. Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Washington Post, "Australians rescued a giant spider. The rest of the world wonders why.," 12 Mar. 2018 Watching the women decorate their cars with everything from fangs to polka dots to roses was a total trip. Arie Luyendyk Jr., PEOPLE.com, "The Bachelor: Arie Luyendyk Jr. Defends Krystal After She 'Rubbed the Girls the Wrong Way'," 9 Jan. 2018 Thus Whiskers got his human name, and the Paulson family was marked forever a friend of the fur and fang. Kevin Fisher-paulson, SFChronicle.com, "Dog dish: a tell-all by Bandit the Pekingese," 10 July 2018 Nature, thankfully, had balanced out a timber rattlesnake’s formidable fangs with a simple and loud warning system on its tail. Jason Nark, Philly.com, "Venomous passion: Pennsylvania's snake hunters head to the hills," 20 June 2018 The writers of the Bible likened these empires to great mutant beasts, with sharp fangs, powerful claws and multiple heads. Rachel Held Evans, Washington Post, "The Bible is literature for the resistance," 12 July 2018

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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 \

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 \

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 \ adjective

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