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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

FANG, v.t. [See Finger.]
To catch; to seize; to lay hold; to gripe; to clutch. Obs.
FANG, n.
1. The tusk of a boar or other animal by which the prey is seized and held; a pointed tooth.
2. A claw or talon.
3. Any shoot or other thing by which hold is taken.
The protuberant fangs of the Yuca.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: a Bantu language spoken in Cameroon
2: an appendage of insects that is capable of injecting venom; usually evolved from the legs
3: canine tooth of a carnivorous animal; used to seize and tear its prey
4: hollow or grooved tooth of a venomous snake; used to inject its poison

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Middle English, that which is taken, from Old English; akin to Old High German fang seizure, Old English f?n to seize more at pact Date: 1555 1. a. a long sharp tooth: as (1) one by which an animal's prey is seized and held or torn (2) one of the long hollow or grooved and often erectile teeth of a venomous snake b. one of the chelicerae of a spider at the tip of which a poison gland opens 2. the root of a tooth or one of the processes or prongs into which a root divides 3. a projecting tooth or prong fanged adjective

Merriam Webster's

also Fan noun (plural Fang or Fangs; also Fan or Fans) Date: 1861 1. a member of a Bantu-speaking people of northern Gabon, mainland Equatorial Guinea, and southern Cameroon 2. the language of the Fang people

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 a canine tooth, esp. of a dog or wolf. 2 the tooth of a venomous snake, by which poison is injected. 3 the root of a tooth or its prong. 4 Brit. colloq. a person's tooth. Derivatives: fanged adj. (also in comb.). fangless adj. Etymology: OE f. ON fang f. a Gmc root = to catch

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Fang Fang (f[a^]ng), v. t. [OE. fangen, fongen, fon (g orig. only in p. p. and imp. tense), AS. f[=o]n; akin to D. vangen, OHG. f[=a]han, G. fahen, fangen, Icel. f[=a], Sw. f[*a], f[*a]nga, Dan. fange, faae, Goth. fahan, and prob. to E. fair, peace, pact. Cf. Fair, a.] 1. To catch; to seize, as with the teeth; to lay hold of; to gripe; to clutch. [Obs.] --Shak. He's in the law's clutches; you see he's fanged. --J. Webster. 2. To enable to catch or tear; to furnish with fangs. ``Chariots fanged with scythes.'' --Philips.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Fang Fang, n. [From Fang, v. t.; cf. AS. fang a taking, booty, G. fang.] 1. (Zo["o]l.) The tusk of an animal, by which the prey is seized and held or torn; a long pointed tooth; esp., one of the usually erectile, venomous teeth of serpents. Also, one of the falcers of a spider. Since I am a dog, beware my fangs. --Shak. 2. Any shoot or other thing by which hold is taken. The protuberant fangs of the yucca. --Evelyn. 3. (Anat.) The root, or one of the branches of the root, of a tooth. See Tooth. 4. (Mining) A niche in the side of an adit or shaft, for an air course. --Knight. 5. (Mech.) A projecting tooth or prong, as in a part of a lock, or the plate of a belt clamp, or the end of a tool, as a chisel, where it enters the handle. 6. (Naut.) (a) The valve of a pump box. (b) A bend or loop of a rope. In a fang, fast entangled. To lose the fang, said of a pump when the water has gone out; hence: To fang a pump, to supply it with the water necessary to make it operate. [Scot.]

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(fangs) Fangs are the two long, sharp, upper teeth that some animals have. The cobra sank its venomous fangs into his hand. N-COUNT: usu pl

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. 1. Tusk, pointed tooth. 2. Claw, talon, nail.

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