prong

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English pronge, perhaps from Middle Low German prange (stick, restraining device), from prangen (to press, pinch), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)preng- (to wrap up, constrict), akin to Lithuanian springstù (to choke, become choked or obstructed), Latvian sprañgât (cord, constrict), Ancient Greek σπαργανόω (sparganóō, to swaddle), σπάργανον (spárganon, swaddling cloth). See also prank, prance, prink.

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prong (plural prongs)

  1. A thin, pointed, projecting part.
    a pitchfork with four prongs
  2. A branch; a fork.
    the two prongs of a river

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prong (third-person singular simple present prongs, present participle pronging, simple past and past participle pronged)

  1. to pierce or poke with, or as if with, a prong

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