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Definition tang

Etymology 1

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

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Noun

tang (plural tangs)

  1. (obsolete) tongue
  2. A refreshingly sharp aroma or flavor
  3. A strong or offensive taste; especially, a taste of something extraneous to the thing itself.
  4. (figuratively) A sharp, specific flavor or tinge
  5. A projecting part of an object by means of which it is secured to a handle, or to some other part.
  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. Anything resembling a tongue in form or position such as the tongue of a buckle.
  10. A group of saltwater fish from the Acanthuridae family, especially the Zebrasoma genus, also known as the surgeonfish.

Etymology 2

imitative

Noun

tang (plural tangs)

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

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.
  2. To make a ringing sound; to ring.

Etymology 3

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

Noun

tang (plural tangs)

  1. (rare) knotted wrack, Ascophyllum nodosum (coarse blackish seaweed)

Etymology 4

From poontang by shortening

Noun

tang (plural tangs)

  1. (vulgar slang) The vagina
  2. (vulgar slang) intercourse with a woman

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