Definition of fang noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//fæŋ//
; NAmE NAmE//fæŋ//
[usually plural] Parts of animals
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either of two long sharp teeth at the front of the mouths of some animals, such as a snake or dog The snake sank its fangs into its victim. The wolf growled and bared its sharp fangs. See related entries: Parts of animals Word Originlate Old English (denoting ‘booty’ or ‘spoils’), from Old Norse fang ‘capture, grasp’. A sense ‘trap, snare’ is recorded from the mid 16th cent.; both this and the original sense survive in Scots. The current sense (also mid 16th cent.) reflects the same idea of ‘something that catches and holds’.
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