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1A member of a people inhabiting parts of Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, and Gabon.
- ‘Like most of the Bantu people, the Fangs belong to the Congo racial type of the Black African race, with some Sudanese contributions.’
- ‘The Fang migrated into their current area from the northeast in recent centuries as small groups or families of nomadic agriculturalists.’
2[mass noun] The Bantu language of the Fang, with over 500,000 speakers.
- ‘Most people's daily lives are conducted in tribal languages, either Fang, Bubi, or Ibo, all of which are in the Bantu family of languages.’
- ‘Fang is the major language of three countries on the west coast of Africa. It is spoken in southern Cameroon by about 1½ million people.’
Relating to the Fang or their language.
- ‘While each of the lesser groups has developed dialectic differences, the whole Fang language is basically one.’
- ‘The harmonious, balanced contours of reliquary guardian figures convey a sense of tranquility highly valued in both art and life in Fang culture.’
French, probably from Fang Pangwe.
1A large sharp tooth, especially a canine tooth of a dog or wolf.‘the dog was bounding towards him, its fangs bared’
- ‘I looked under and behind me to see the wolf flash its fangs and sharp teeth at me, giving another howl.’
- ‘The white dragon took a few bold steps towards him and bared its sharp fangs.’
- ‘As the wolf drew nearer, fangs bared ready to pounce, I closed my eyes and waited for the wolf to hit…’
- ‘There was no need for me to look up to find every single pair of hungry wolf eyes glaring at me, fangs bared and growling.’
- ‘Gemini shouted a warning as the canine bared its fangs and leaped towards them.’
- 1.1The tooth of a venomous snake, by which poison is injected.‘the snake buries its fangs in its victim's neck’
- ‘This particular snake is said to have the largest fangs of all the venomous snakes in the world.’
- ‘Diengo flinched as the small snake's fang sunk in his skin.’
- ‘He had noticed that the snake had blood on its fangs when he was retrieving Juu's knife.’
- ‘There I find something worse than a gun wound - a brown snake with its fangs in my arm.’
- ‘The informant was skilled at what he did and made sure the snake's fangs went in to the same two holes from the needles he had made earlier.’
- ‘You take the brown snake, its fang length is about 2-millimetres, and in one of the patients that we had, the spider actually bit straight through someone's fingernail.’
- ‘It was the picture of an oval blue stone, a green snake with long fangs wrapped around it.’
- ‘Burmese pythons like a meal they can really get their fangs around, especially since the snakes are known to go half a year or more between meals.’
- ‘Persistent myths about sea snakes include the mistaken idea that their short fangs cannot bite very effectively.’
- ‘No slow toxin drips from the fangs of a jungle snake; already the mouse is being digested before it is even swallowed.’
- ‘Occasionally, it would bury its fangs into the neck of its steed, ripping flesh and bone off.’
- ‘They have no hidden poison glands, not claws or fangs.’
- ‘But before the snake demon's fangs could get in too deep, it collapsed, headless.’
- ‘Joey opened it slowly, and out popped a furry snake, baring its fangs.’
- ‘They have venom fangs, and a patch on their neck where poison spores can be launched.’
- ‘The snake slithered toward Jessica, bearing its fangs with a hiss.’
- ‘The snake had dislodged its fangs, slithering after her with sureness of the ground it moved upon, then climbed up a tree.’
- ‘Typical bites inject up to 600 mg of venom through fangs as long as your thumb, and just 100 mg will kill a man.’
- ‘The snake tried to hit me by striking its deadly fangs at me.’
- ‘Poisonous snakes kill with the venom that passes through their fangs, paralyzing their prey.’
- 1.2The biting mouthpart of a spider.‘the spider kills its victims with venomous fangs’
- ‘In true spiders, the chelicerae are modified into fangs with poison glands, while the pedipalps of the males are modified for copulation.’
- ‘On accosting a prey, tarantulas paralyse it by sinking the fangs and injecting venom.’
- ‘Venom injected via a spider's fangs acts in various other ways, such as to kill or immobilize prey and to begin the process of digesting its meal.’
- ‘The spiders have very large fangs and it causes considerable pain when it bites and it'll leave obvious fang marks that will usually bleed at the time.’
- ‘I even had to clean behind the dreaded tank-and if you were a spider with big drippy fangs and fuzzy legs, where do you think you would hide?’
Late Old English (denoting booty or spoils), from Old Norse fang capture, grasp; compare with vang. A sense ‘trap, snare’ is recorded from the mid 16th century; both this and the original sense survive in Scots. The current sense (also mid 16th century) reflects the same notion of ‘something that catches and holds’.
Drive at high speed.[no object] ‘let's fang up to the beach!’
- ‘Our family car was a 1959 FC Holden station wagon which dad always insisted on driving well below the speed limit, while my mum fanged around in a Hillman Hunter.’
- ‘The front of his car is completely bent from where he fanged it into the gutter.’
- ‘Handling is pretty well neutral for a front-wheel-drive car, though those models aren't really intended to be fanged along as understeer will eventually enter the equation.’
A high-speed drive in a car.
- ‘Apparently this guy had a Jag XJ220 Supercar being serviced somewhere and the mechanic took it for a fang out to West Head years ago when it was in for service, crashed it and nearly wrote it off.’
- ‘By heck, all that noise, power and speed puts you in the mood for a fang in a red sporty jobbie...’
1960s: from the name of J. M. Fangio (see Fangio, Juan Manuel).
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