Zange

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German zange, from Old High German zanga, from Proto-Germanic *tangō, derived from Proto-Indo-European *denḱ- (to bite). Cognate with Dutch tang, English tong, Icelandic töng. Non-Germanic cognates include Albanian darë (tongs), Ancient Greek δάκνειν (dáknein, to bite), Sanskrit दशति (daśati, to bite).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈtsaŋə/
  • Rhymes: -aŋə
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Noun[edit]

Zange f (genitive Zange, plural Zangen)

  1. a pair of pincers, pliers, tongs, forceps

Usage notes[edit]

  • While English has a multitude of partially overlapping words for tools of this kind, German generally uses only Zange and Pinzette (tweezers, forceps). All tools with a pivot near the front are called Zange. Those without such an element are also called Zange when large, but Pinzette when small.

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Further reading[edit]

  • Zange” in Duden online

Hunsrik[edit]

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Noun[edit]

Zange f

  1. plural of Zang