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).

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Noun[edit]

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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Verb[edit]

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