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From Proto-Indo-European *peh₂ǵ-. Cognates include Ancient Greek πήγνυμι (pḗgnumi) and Old English fōn (English fang). See related terms.



present active pangō, present infinitive pangere, perfect active pepigī, supine pāctum

  1. I fasten, fix, set; drive or sink in.
  2. I set or plant something in the ground.
  3. I compose, write
    • 65 BCE – 8 BCE, Horace, Ars Poetica
      Ego mira poemata pango
      I compose marvellous poems
  4. (figuratively) I settle, determine, agree, conclude, stipulate, fix; pledge.
    • c. 99 BCE – 55 BCE, Lucretius, De rerum natura 1.931
      [] primum quod magnis doceo de rebus et artis
      religionum animum nodis exsolvere pergo,
      deinde quod obscura de re tam lucida pango
      carmina musaeo contingens cuncta lepore.
      • 1916 translation by William Ellery Leonard
        First, since I teach concerning mighty things,
        And go right on to loose from round the mind
        The tightened coils of dread religion;
        Next, since, concerning themes so dark, I frame
        Songs so pellucid, touching all throughout




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  • pango” in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879.