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Dictionary Definition

Fang

Noun

1 a Bantu language spoken in Cameroon
2 canine tooth of a carnivorous animal; used to seize and tear its prey
3 hollow or grooved tooth of a venomous snake; used to inject its poison

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

IPA: /fæŋ/

Etymology 1

From Old Norse fang (capture, embrace), from a Germanic base *fanga- (source also of Old English fōn).

Noun

fang (plural fangs)
  1. A long, pointed canine tooth used for biting and tearing flesh or (in snakes) for injecting venom.
Translations
canine tooth

Verb

fang
  1. to strike or attack with the fangs

Etymology 2

Old English fōn.

Verb

fang
  1. (archaic, dialects) to capture, seize

Noun

fang

See also

Mandarin

Verb

  1. put

Pinyin syllable

fang
  1. A transliteration of any of a number of Chinese characters properly represented as having one of four tones, fāng, fáng, fǎng, or fàng.

Usage notes

English transcriptions of Chinese speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Chinese language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.

Extensive Definition

A fang is a long, pointed tooth. In mammals, a fang is a canine tooth, used for biting and tearing flesh. In snakes, it is a poison-injecting tooth (see snake venom). Spiders also have fangs, which are part of the chelicerae.
In mythology and folklore, fangs are found on vampires and demons.
fang in German: Fangzahn
fang in French: Croc (dent)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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