Fanging



[fang] /fæŋ/

verb (used with object), British Dialect.
1.
to seize; grab.
/fæŋ/
noun
1.
the long pointed hollow or grooved tooth of a venomous snake through which venom is injected
2.
any large pointed tooth, esp the canine or carnassial tooth of a carnivorous mammal
3.
the root of a tooth
4.
(usually pl) (Brit, informal) tooth: clean your fangs
/fæŋ/
verb (intransitive)
1.
to drive at great speed
noun
2.
an act or instance of driving in such a way: we took the car for a fang
/fæŋ; fɑːŋ/
noun
1.
(pl) Fangs, Fang. a member of a Negroid people of W Africa, living chiefly in the rain forests of Gabon and Rio Muni: noted for their use of iron and copper money and for their sculpture
2.
the language of this people, belonging to the Bantu group of the Niger-Congo family
n.

Old English fang “prey, spoils, plunder, booty; a seizing or taking,” from gefangen, past participle of fon “seize, take, capture,” from Proto-Germanic *fango- (cf. Old Frisian fangia, Middle Dutch and Dutch vangen, Old Norse fanga, German fangen, Gothic fahan), from PIE root *pag- “to make firm, fix;” connected to Latin pax (genitive pacis) “peace” (see pact).

The sense of “canine tooth” (1550s) probably developed from Old English fengtoð, literally “catching- or grasping-tooth.” Transferred to the venom tooth of a serpent, etc., by 1800.
fang
(fāng)
A long, pointed tooth in vertebrate animals or a similar structure in spiders, used to seize prey and sometimes to inject venom. The fangs of a poisonous snake, for example, have a hollow groove through which venom flows.

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