One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.’
2The Bantu language of the Fang.
- ‘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.
- ‘I looked under and behind me to see the wolf flash its fangs and sharp teeth at me, giving another howl.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The white dragon took a few bold steps towards him and bared its sharp fangs.’
- ‘Gemini shouted a warning as the canine bared its fangs and leaped towards them.’
- 1.1 The tooth of a venomous snake, by which poison is injected.
- ‘Persistent myths about sea snakes include the mistaken idea that their short fangs cannot bite very effectively.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The snake tried to hit me by striking its deadly fangs at me.’
- ‘They have no hidden poison glands, not claws or fangs.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘He had noticed that the snake had blood on its fangs when he was retrieving Juu's knife.’
- ‘This particular snake is said to have the largest fangs of all the venomous snakes in the world.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Typical bites inject up to 600 mg of venom through fangs as long as your thumb, and just 100 mg will kill a man.’
- ‘There I find something worse than a gun wound - a brown snake with its fangs in my arm.’
- ‘It was the picture of an oval blue stone, a green snake with long fangs wrapped around it.’
- ‘The snake slithered toward Jessica, bearing its fangs with a hiss.’
- ‘But before the snake demon's fangs could get in too deep, it collapsed, headless.’
- ‘Poisonous snakes kill with the venom that passes through their fangs, paralyzing their prey.’
- ‘No slow toxin drips from the fangs of a jungle snake; already the mouse is being digested before it is even swallowed.’
- ‘Diengo flinched as the small snake's fang sunk in his skin.’
- ‘Occasionally, it would bury its fangs into the neck of its steed, ripping flesh and bone off.’
- ‘Joey opened it slowly, and out popped a furry snake, baring its fangs.’
- ‘The snake had dislodged its fangs, slithering after her with sureness of the ground it moved upon, then climbed up a tree.’
- ‘They have venom fangs, and a patch on their neck where poison spores can be launched.’
- 1.2 The biting mouthpart of a spider.
- ‘On accosting a prey, tarantulas paralyse it by sinking the fangs and injecting venom.’
- ‘In true spiders, the chelicerae are modified into fangs with poison glands, while the pedipalps of the males are modified for copulation.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The front of his car is completely bent from where he fanged it into the gutter.’
A high-speed drive in a car.
- ‘By heck, all that noise, power and speed puts you in the mood for a fang in a red sporty jobbie...’
- ‘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.’
1960s: from the name of J. M. Fangio (see Fangio, Juan Manuel).
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