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tang 1

1. A distinctively sharp taste, flavor, or odor, as that of orange juice.
2. A distinctive quality: "Underneath it all was the tang of genuine adventure" (Jan Clausen).
3. A sharp point, tongue, or prong.
4. A projection by which a tool, such as a chisel or knife, is attached to its handle or stock. Also called shank.
tr.v. tanged, tang·ing, tangs
1. To furnish with a tang.
2. To give a tang to.

[Middle English tange, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse tangi, point, sting.]

tang′i·ness n.
tang′y adj.

tang 2

A loud ringing sound; a clang or twang.
intr. & tr.v. tanged, tang·ing, tangs
To resound with a tang or cause to resound with a tang.



A Chinese dynasty (618-907) known for its territorial expansion, prosperity, and encouragement of the arts and literature.

[Mandarin, T´ng, from Middle Chinese tɦaŋ, to boast, great, Tang dynasty.]


adj, tangier or tangiest
having a pungent, fresh, or briny flavour or aroma: a tangy sea breeze.


(ˈtæŋ i)

adj. tang•i•er, tang•i•est.
having a tang.
tang′i•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.tangy - tasting sour like a lemon
sour - having a sharp biting taste


adjective sharp, tart, piquant, biting, fresh, spicy, pungent, briny, acerb smoked salmon, tangy cheeses and oysters


Having a taste characteristic of that produced by acids:


[ˈtæŋɪ] ADJfuerte y picante


[ˈtæŋi] adj [flavour, smell] → piquant(e)


adj (+er) tastescharf, streng; smell alsodurchdringend


[ˈtæŋɪ] adj (-ier (comp) (-iest (superl))) (flavour, taste, smell) → aspro/a


a. [smell] fuerte, penetrante.
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It's so tangily chewable that I had to ask the waiter not to bring me any more in case I couldn't manage my next course.
And there are innumerable choice moments, both tangily comic and scorchingly sad, served up by a fine cast of supporting players in the meaty roles of the side men.