Definition of Fang in English:

Fang

(also Fan)

Pronunciation: /fäNG//faNG/

noun

  • 1A member of a people inhabiting parts of Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, and Gabon.

    • ‘The Fang migrated into their current area from the northeast in recent centuries as small groups or families of nomadic agriculturalists.’
    • ‘Like most of the Bantu people, the Fangs belong to the Congo racial type of the Black African race, with some Sudanese contributions.’
  • 2The Bantu language of the Fang.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’

adjective

  • Relating to the Fang or their language.

    • ‘The harmonious, balanced contours of reliquary guardian figures convey a sense of tranquility highly valued in both art and life in Fang culture.’
    • ‘While each of the lesser groups has developed dialectic differences, the whole Fang language is basically one.’

Origin

French, probably from Fang Pangwe.

Pronunciation:

Fang

/fäNG//faNG/

Definition of fang in English:

fang

Pronunciation: /fäNG//faNG/

noun

  • 1A large, sharp tooth, especially a canine tooth of a dog or wolf.

    • ‘Gemini shouted a warning as the canine bared its fangs and leaped towards them.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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…’
    1. 1.1 The tooth of a venomous snake, by which poison is injected.
      • ‘They have venom fangs, and a patch on their neck where poison spores can be launched.’
      • ‘It was the picture of an oval blue stone, a green snake with long fangs wrapped around it.’
      • ‘They have no hidden poison glands, not claws or fangs.’
      • ‘The snake tried to hit me by striking its deadly fangs at me.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Poisonous snakes kill with the venom that passes through their fangs, paralyzing their prey.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Diengo flinched as the small snake's fang sunk in his skin.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘No slow toxin drips from the fangs of a jungle snake; already the mouse is being digested before it is even swallowed.’
      • ‘This particular snake is said to have the largest fangs of all the venomous snakes in the world.’
      • ‘The snake had dislodged its fangs, slithering after her with sureness of the ground it moved upon, then climbed up a tree.’
      • ‘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 slithered toward Jessica, bearing its fangs with a hiss.’
      • ‘He had noticed that the snake had blood on its fangs when he was retrieving Juu's knife.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But before the snake demon's fangs could get in too deep, it collapsed, headless.’
    2. 1.2 The biting mouthpart of a spider.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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?’

Origin

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.

Pronunciation:

fang

/faNG/