tang

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See also: Tang, tāng, táng, tǎng, tàng, tăng, and tång

English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English tang (serpent's tongue", "extension of blade), from Old Norse tangi (pointed metal tool), perhaps related to tunga (tongue). But see also Old Dutch tanger (sharp", "tart", "pinching)

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Noun[edit]

tang (plural tangs)

  1. (obsolete) tongue
    • 1667, John Lacy, Sauny the Scot: Or, the Taming of the Shrew, Act V,
      Sauny Hear ye, sir; could not ye mistake, and pull her tang out instead of her teeth?
  2. A refreshingly sharp aroma or flavor
    • 1904, O. Henry, "The Missing Chord"
      The miraculous air, heady with ozone and made memorably sweet by leagues of wild flowerets, gave tang and savour to the breath.
  3. A strong or offensive taste; especially, a taste of something extraneous to the thing itself.
    Wine or cider has a tang of the cask.
  4. (figuratively) A sharp, specific flavor or tinge
    • Fuller
      Such proceedings had a strong tang of tyranny.
    • Jeffrey
      a cant of philosophism, and a tang of party politics
    • 1913, Paul Laurence Dunbar, "At Sunset Time"
      What, was it I who bared my heart / Through unrelenting years, / And knew the sting of misery's dart, / The tang of sorrow's tears?
  5. A projecting part of an object by means of which it is secured to a handle, or to some other part; anything resembling a tongue in form or position
  6. The part of a knife, fork, file, or other small instrument, which is inserted into the handle
  7. The projecting part of the breech of a musket barrel, by which the barrel is secured to the stock
  8. The part of a sword blade to which the handle is fastened
  9. The tongue of a buckle
  10. A group of saltwater fish from the Acanthuridae family, especially the Zebrasoma genus, also known as the surgeonfish.
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Etymology 2[edit]

imitative

Noun[edit]

tang (plural tangs)

  1. A sharp, twanging sound; an unpleasant tone; a twang

Verb[edit]

tang (third-person singular simple present tangs, present participle tanging, simple past and past participle tanged)

  1. (dated, beekeeping) To strike two metal objects together loudly in order to persuade a swarm of honeybees to land so it may be captured by the beekeeper.[1][2]
  2. To make a ringing sound; to ring.
    Let thy tongue tang arguments of state. — Shakespeare.

Etymology 3[edit]

Probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Danish tang (seaweed), Swedish tång, Icelandic þang

Noun[edit]

tang (plural tangs)

  1. (rare) A coarse blackish seaweed (Fuscus nodosus)

Etymology 4[edit]

From poontang by shortening

Noun[edit]

tang (plural tangs)

  1. (vulgar slang) The vagina; intercourse with a woman
    • 2002, Lynn Breedlove, Godspeed, St. Martin's Griffin, ISBN 0-312-31363-2, page 9,
      The guys like to look at her tang, because that's how they are []

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eva Crane, The World History of Beekeeping and Honey Hunting, Taylor & Francis (1999), ISBN 0415924677, page 239.
  2. ^ Hilda M. Ransome, The Sacred Bee in Ancient Times and Folklore, Courier Dover Publications (2004), ISBN 048643494X, page 225.

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Danish[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Old Norse tǫng.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /tanɡ/, [tˢɑŋˀ]

Noun[edit]

tang c (singular definite tangen, plural indefinite tænger)

  1. tongs
  2. forceps
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Old Norse þang.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /tanɡ/, [tˢɑŋˀ]

Noun[edit]

tang c (singular definite tangen, not used in plural form)

  1. seaweed

Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Dutch tanghe, from Old Dutch tanga, from Proto-Germanic *tangō.

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tang f (plural tangen, diminutive tangetje n)

  1. pliers
  2. tongs
  3. (especially the diminutive) pincers, tweezers
  4. (figuratively) shrew, bitch

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Estonian[edit]

Noun[edit]

tang (??? please provide the genitive and partitive!)

  1. groat

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Kriol[edit]

Etymology[edit]

English tongue

Noun[edit]

tang

  1. tongue

Kurdish[edit]

Noun[edit]

tang ?

  1. side

Kusunda[edit]

Noun[edit]

tang

  1. water

Mandarin[edit]

Romanization[edit]

tang

  1. Nonstandard spelling of tāng.
  2. Nonstandard spelling of táng.
  3. Nonstandard spelling of tǎng.
  4. Nonstandard spelling of tàng.

Usage notes[edit]

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

Tok Pisin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English tongue.

Noun[edit]

tang

  1. (anatomy) tongue

Torres Strait Creole[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English tongue.

Noun[edit]

tang

  1. (anatomy) tongue