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



BrE BrE//tæŋ//
; NAmE NAmE//tæŋ//
[usually singular]
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a strong sharp taste or smell the tang of lemons We could smell the salty tang of sea air from our bedroom window. Word OriginMiddle English (denoting a snake's tongue, formerly believed to be a stinging organ; also denoting the sting of an insect): from Old Norse tangi ‘point, tang of a knife’.
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