noun (plural same or Fangs)
- 1A member of a people inhabiting parts of Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, and Gabon.More example sentences
- Like most of the Bantu people, the Fangs belong to the Congo racial type of the Black African race, with some Sudanese contributions.
- The Fang migrated into their current area from the northeast in recent centuries as small groups or families of nomadic agriculturalists.
- 2The Bantu language of the Fang.More example sentences
- Most people's daily lives are conducted in tribal languages, either Fang, Bubi, or Ibo, all of which are in the Bantu family of languages.
- Fang is the major language of three countries on the west coast of Africa. It is spoken in southern Cameroon by about 1½ million people.
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- Relating to the Fang or their language.More example sentences
- The harmonious, balanced contours of reliquary guardian figures convey a sense of tranquility highly valued in both art and life in Fang culture.
- While each of the lesser groups has developed dialectic differences, the whole Fang language is basically one.
French, probably from Fang Pangwe.
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- 1A large, sharp tooth, especially a canine tooth of a dog or wolf.More example sentences
- I looked under and behind me to see the wolf flash its fangs and sharp teeth at me, giving another howl.
- The white dragon took a few bold steps towards him and bared its sharp fangs.
- As the wolf drew nearer, fangs bared ready to pounce, I closed my eyes and waited for the wolf to hit…
- 1.1The tooth of a venomous snake, by which poison is injected.More example sentences
- The snake had dislodged its fangs, slithering after her with sureness of the ground it moved upon, then climbed up a tree.
- But before the snake demon's fangs could get in too deep, it collapsed, headless.
- No slow toxin drips from the fangs of a jungle snake; already the mouse is being digested before it is even swallowed.
- 1.2The biting mouthpart of a spider.More example sentences
- I even had to clean behind the dreaded tank-and if you were a spider with big drippy fangs and fuzzy legs, where do you think you would hide?
- Venom injected via a spider's fangs acts in various other ways, such as to kill or immobilize prey and to begin the process of digesting its meal.
- The spiders have very large fangs and it causes considerable pain when it bites and it'll leave obvious fang marks that will usually bleed at the time.
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- With its body obscured by murky waters, an ancient fanged reptile may have used its long neck to lunge at fish and squid.
- With visions of poisonous spiders and fanged monsters lurking in hollow trees creeping around in my brain, I tentatively put my hand into the hole.
- The jaw line was drastically altered; canines now were substituted with long fanged teeth.
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- Flightless, fangless, clawless, slow, and weak, he isn't physically prepossessing.
- It has its moments, but considering its pedigree it comes off as a fangless, flashy disappointment.
- I flashed my biggest, goofiest smile to reassure her that I was fangless.
late Old English (denoting booty or spoils), from Old Norse fang 'capture, grasp'; compare with vang. A sense 'trap, snare' is recorded from the mid 16th century; both this and the original sense survive in Scots. The current sense (also mid 16th century) reflects the same notion of 'something that catches and holds'.
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