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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ The lemon added a nice tang to the sauce.
▪ For the most part the tangs are herbivorous and constantly graze algae.
▪ He never asked how is the tang, how is the parrot fish.
▪ Holly and birch have a clean tang.
▪ It savoured the tang of Biff's own saliva, similarly flavoured, like a waxing and ebbing tide inside his mouth.
▪ She smelled the tang of fear in her nostrils and the taste of it in her mouth.
▪ She was sticky with his blood, could smell the metallic tang of spilled life.
▪ Tarragon: Another strongly aromatic herb, tarragon has a hint of licorice and a subtle tang.
▪ The tang of some wild herb hung in the air: rosemary perhaps.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Tang \Tang\, n. [Of imitative origin. Cf. Twang. This word has become confused with tang tatse, flavor.] A sharp, twanging sound; an unpleasant tone; a twang.


Tang \Tang\ (t[aum]ng), n. [Chin. T`ang.] A dynasty in Chinese history, from a. d. 618 to 905, distinguished by the founding of the Imperial Academy (the Hanlin), by the invention of printing, and as marking a golden age of literature.


Tang \Tang\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tanged; p. pr. & vb. n. Tanging.] To cause to ring or sound loudly; to ring.

Let thy tongue tang arguments of state.

To tang bees, to cause a swarm of bees to settle, by beating metal to make a din.


Tang \Tang\ (t[a^]ng), n. [Of Scand. origin; cf. Dan. tang seaweed, Sw. t[*a]ng, Icel. [thorn]ang. Cf. Tangle.] (Bot.) A coarse blackish seaweed ( Fuscus nodosus).
--Dr. Prior.

Tang sparrow (Zo["o]l.), the rock pipit. [Prov. Eng.]


Tang \Tang\, n. [Probably fr. OD. tanger sharp, tart, literally, pinching; akin to E. tongs. [root]59. See Tong.]

  1. A strong or offensive taste; especially, a taste of something extraneous to the thing itself; as, wine or cider has a tang of the cask.

  2. Fig.: A sharp, specific flavor or tinge. Cf. Tang a twang.

    Such proceedings had a strong tang of tyranny.

    A cant of philosophism, and a tang of party politics.

  3. [Probably of Scand. origin; cf. Icel. tangi a projecting point; akin to E. tongs. See Tongs.] A projecting part of an object by means of which it is secured to a handle, or to some other part; anything resembling a tongue in form or position. Specifically:

    1. The part of a knife, fork, file, or other small instrument, which is inserted into the handle.

    2. The projecting part of the breech of a musket barrel, by which the barrel is secured to the stock.

    3. The part of a sword blade to which the handle is fastened.

    4. The tongue of a buckle. [Prov. Eng.]


Tang \Tang\, v. i. To make a ringing sound; to ring.

Let thy tongue tang arguments of state.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

mid-14c., "serpent's tongue" (thought to be a stinging organ), later "sharp extension of a metal blade" (1680s), from a Scandinavian source akin to Old Norse tangi "spit of land; pointed end by which a blade is driven into a handle," from Proto-Germanic *tang-, from PIE *denk- "to bite" (see tongs). Influenced in some senses by tongue (n.). Figurative sense of "a sharp taste" is first recorded mid-15c.; that of "suggestion, trace" is from 1590s. The fish (1734) so called for their spines.


Etymology 1 n. 1 (context obsolete English) tongue 2 A refreshingly sharp aroma or flavor 3 A strong or offensive taste; especially, a taste of something extraneous to the thing itself. 4 (context figuratively English) A sharp, specific flavor or tinge 5 A projecting part of an object by means of which it is secured to a handle, or to some other part. 6 The part of a knife, fork, file, or other small instrument, which is inserted into the handle 7 The projecting part of the breech of a musket barrel, by which the barrel is secured to the stock 8 The part of a sword blade to which the handle is fastened 9 Anything resembling a tongue in form or position such as the tongue of a buckle. 10 A group of saltwater fish from the Acanthuridae family, especially the (taxlink Zebrasoma species noshow=1) genus, also known as the surgeonfish. Etymology 2

n. A sharp, twanging sound; an unpleasant tone; a twang vb. 1 (context dated beekeeping English) To strike two metal objects together loudly in order to persuade a swarm of honeybees to land so it may be captured by the beekeeper.Eva Crane, ''The World History of Beekeeping and Honey Hunting'', Taylor & Francis (1999), ISBN 0415924677, page 239.Hilda M. Ransome, ''The Sacred Bee in Ancient Times and Folklore'', Courier Dover Publications (2004), ISBN 048643494X, page 225. 2 To make a ringing sound; to ring. Etymology 3

n. (context rare English) knotted wrack, ''Ascophyllum nodosum'' (gloss: coarse blackish seaweed) Etymology 4

n. (context vulgar slang English) The vagina; intercourse with a woman

  1. n. the taste experience when a savoury condiment is taken into the mouth [syn: relish, flavor, flavour, sapidity, savor, savour, smack]

  2. a tart spiciness [syn: nip, piquance, piquancy, tanginess, zest]

  3. the imperial dynasty of China from 618 to 907 [syn: Tang dynasty]

  4. common black rockweed used in preparing kelp and as manure [syn: bladderwrack, black rockweed, bladder fucus, Fucus vesiculosus]

  5. brown algae seaweed with serrated edges [syn: serrated wrack, Fucus serratus]

  6. any of various coarse seaweeds [syn: sea tang]

  7. any of various kelps especially of the genus Laminaria [syn: sea tangle]


Tang or TANG may refer to:

Tang (drink)

Tang is a fruit-flavored drink. Originally formulated by General Foods Corporation food scientist William A. Mitchell in 1957, it was first marketed in powdered form in 1959. The Tang brand is owned by Mondelēz International.

Sales of Tang were poor until NASA used it on John Glenn's Mercury flight and subsequent Gemini missions. Since then, it was closely associated with the U.S. manned spaceflight program, leading to the misconception that Tang was invented for the space program.

Tang (weaponry)

A tang or shank is the back portion of the blade component of a tool where it extends into stock material or connects to a handle - as on a knife, sword, spear, arrowhead, chisel, file, coulter, pike, scythe, screwdriver, etc. One can classify various tang designs by their appearance, by the manner in which they attach to a handle, and by their length in relation to the handle.

Táng (surname)

Tang (, Chinese: 唐, mandarin Pinyin: Táng; Japanese: 唐/とう/から; Korean: 당/唐; Cantonese : Tong; old Chinese read Dang), is a Chinese surname. The three languages also have the surname with the same character but different pronunciation/ romanization. In Korean, it is usually Romanized also as Dang. In Japanese, the surname is often Romanized as To. In Vietnamese, it is commonly written as Đường (the anglicized variation is Duong, not be confused with Vietnamese surname Dương which is also anglicized as Duong). It is pronounced dhɑng in Middle Chinese, and lhāŋ in Old Chinese.

The surname 唐 is also romanized as Tong when transliterated from Cantonese, and this spelling is common in Hong Kong and Macau. In Chinese, 湯 ( Pinyin: Tāng), is also Romanized as Tang in English (and also Tong in Cantonese), although it is less common as a surname.

Tāng (surname)

Tāng is a Chinese surname. It is 72nd surname in the Hundred Family Surnames or Baijiaxing of the Song Dynasty and 101st in modern popularity. The Tang family name comes from various people of the Shang Dynasty and some nomadic Chinese people.

Tang is a common form of other Chinese surnames Deng and Teng.

Usage examples of "tang".

Duff, a New Zealand anthropologist who has made a special study of adze distributions, claiming that no adzes with butts tanged as an aid in lashing the handles have been established for Western Polynesia, whereas tanged adzes have been found throughout Eastern Polynesia, has argued that this is not in accord with what one would expect from random voyaging.

Obviously, therefore, there must have been some explanation for the absence of tanged adzes from Western Polynesia other than that random voyages did not occur.

Apparently handfuls of migrants from Eastern Polynesia failed to establish the tanging of adzes among the conservative Western Polynesians.

A number of archaeologists have concluded that the tanging of adzes was brought to Polynesia by migrants from the west, although tanging is not typical of Western Polynesian, Melanesian or Micronesian adzes.

Perhaps the best view of all, however, is that after the early settlers of Eastern Polynesia were released from the conservative influence of Western Polynesian technology, they tanged some of their adzes and made other innovations in their artifacts.

She would probably have been surprised if Father Damon had told her that she was in this following a great example, and there might have been a tang of agnostic bitterness in her reply.

Laurel poked at her sea bass and thought longingly of bluepoint crabs and the colors of the Gulf sky at sunset, the sound of the sea and gulls, the tang of salt air.

When bruised and applied by way of a poultice to scrofulous swellings and glandular tumours, the Sea Tang has been found very valuable.

Justen dipped his bread into the thick sauce, letting the spicy warmth, the mixed tang of rosemary and citril and bertil, ease down his throat.

He could taste it on the tip of his tongue, the cuprous tang of blood and death and misery.

It was as if, by some act of retrospective gustation possible to the initiate, he was recalling the tang of that bottle to his palate.

There were wheeled vehicles that whined softly and left a tang of ozone behind, and pedal-powered carts like jinrikishas, and even a few draft animals that resembled small oxen.

Tangs would have made Lianne laugh, but the look in Kyles unwavering eyes took the humor right out of the situation.

The legger meat was like wild rabbit, though it was sweeter and had an unidentifiable tang.

Tang emperor who had lychee fruit imported daily to please his favorite concubine, Feizi.