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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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 This installment opens with a 19th-century flashback showing Dracula besting the vampire hunter Van Helsing: think a caped and fang-bearing Bugs Bunny versus Elmer Fudd. Michael Mccullers, New York Times, "Review: Raising the Stakes With ‘Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation’," 12 July 2018 The move from black-to-white cinema to color helped — plus a whole lot of blood — but Lee had a long and legendary run as the Count, marked by his furious intensity and ridiculously sharp fangs. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "'Hotel Transylvania 3': Ranking the best movie Draculas, from Bela Lugosi to Adam Sandler," 9 July 2018 Only a few types have venom strong enough to harm you and fangs (yikes!) long enough to penetrate your skin. Venomous spiders found in the Southeast include: Black widow – identified by the pattern of red coloration on the underside of its abdomen. Mary Caldwell, ajc, "Here’s how to identify (and get rid of) venomous spiders in your home," 20 June 2018 Its jaws swing open; the fangs, each an inch of needle-sharp, hollow bone, unhinge from the roof of its mouth. Kyle Dickman, Outside Online, "A Rattle with Death in Yosemite," 20 June 2018 According to WBRC, Chappell Williams, 9, of Mountain Brook, Alabama, recently was taking a dip when a copperhead snake sank its fangs into her hand. Michelle Ewing, ajc, "Copperhead snake bites Alabama girl swimming in pool," 29 June 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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