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tong

noun \ ˈtäŋ , ˈtȯŋ \
Updated on: 19 Apr 2018

Definition of tong

: a secret society or fraternal organization especially of Chinese in the U.S. formerly notorious for gang warfare

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Origin and Etymology of tong

Chinese (Guangdong) tòhng, literally, hall


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tong

verb

Definition of tong

: to take, gather, hold, or handle with tongs
  • tong oysters
: to use tongs especially in taking or gathering something

tonger

play \ˈtäŋ-ər, ˈtȯŋ-\ noun

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Origin and Etymology of tong

tongs



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