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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.]


(Cookery) the property or quality of being tangy
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tanginess - a tart spicy qualitytanginess - a tart spicy quality      
spicery, spiciness, spice - the property of being seasoned with spice and so highly flavored
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