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verb Fang
  1. To catch; to seize, as with the teeth; to lay hold of; to gripe; to clutch.(Obs)"He's in the law's clutches; you see he's fanged." [J. Webster.]
  2. To enable to catch or tear; to furnish with fangs."Chariots fangedwith scythes." [Philips.]

Etymology: OE. fangen fongen fong orig. only in p. p. and imp. tense), AS. fōn; akin to D. vangen, OHG. fāhan, G. fahen fangen, Icel. , Sw. fånga, Dan. fange faae, Goth. fahan, and prob. to E. fair peace pact. Cf. Fair (a.)

noun Fang
  1. [Zoöl] The tusk of an animal, by which the prey is seized and held or torn; a long pointed tooth; esp., one of the usually erectile, venomous teeth of serpents. Also, one of the falcers of a spider."Since I am a dog, beware my fangs." [Shak.]
  2. Any shoot or other thing by which hold is taken."The protuberant fangs of the yucca." [Evelyn.]
  3. [Anat] The root, or one of the branches of the root, of a tooth. See Tooth.
  4. [Mining] A niche in the side of an adit or shaft, for an air course.
  5. [Mech] A projecting tooth or prong, as in a part of a lock, or the plate of a belt clamp, or the end of a tool, as a chisel, where it enters the handle.
  6. [Naut]
    1. The valve of a pump box.
    2. A bend or loop of a rope.

Etymology: From Fang (v. t.); cf. AS. fang a taking, booty, G. fang

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Hollow or grooved tooth of a venomous snake; used to inject its poison
  2. Canine tooth of a carnivorous animal; used to seize and tear its prey
  3. An appendage of insects that is capable of injecting venom; usually evolved from the legs
  4. A Bantu language spoken in Cameroon

From Middle English fangen, from Old English fōn (“to take, grasp, seize, catch, capture, make prisoner, receive, accept, assume, undertake, meet with, encounter”), and Old Norse fanga (“to fetch, capture”), both from Proto-Germanic *fanhaną, *fangōną (“to catch, capture”), from Proto-Indo-European *ph₂ḱ- (“to fasten, place”). Cognate with West Frisian fange (“to catch”), Dutch vangen (“to catch”), German fangen (“to catch”), Danish fange (“to catch”), Albanian peng (“to hinder, hold captive”).

From Middle English fang, feng (“a catching, capture, seizing”), from Old English fang, feng (“grip, embrace, grasp, grasping, capture, prey, booty, plunder”), from Proto-Germanic *fangą, *fangiz, *fanhiz (“catch, catching, seizure”), from *fanhaną (“to catch, capture”), from Proto-Indo-European *ph₂ǵ- (“to fasten”). Cognate with Scots fang (“that which is taken, capture, catch, prey, booty”), Dutch vang (“a catch”), Low German fangst (“a catch”), German Fang (“a catch, capture, booty”), Swedish fång, fångst, Icelandic fang. Related also to Latin pangere (“to solidify, drive in”), Albanian mpij (“to benumb, stiffen”), Ancient Greek πήγνυμι (pḗgnumi, “to stiffen, firm up”), Sanskrit पाशयति (pāśayati, “(s)he binds”)|tr=pāśáyati.

  1. (now chiefly dialectal, Scotland) A grasping; capture; the act or power of seizing; hold.
  2. That which is seized or carried off; booty; spoils; stolen goods.
  3. Any projection, catch, shoot, or other thing by which hold is taken; a prehensile part or organ.
  4. (mining) A channel cut in the rock, or a pipe of wood, used for conveying air.
  5. (rare, in the plural) Cage-shuts.
  6. (nautical) The coil or bend of a rope; (by extension) a noose; a trap.
  7. (nautical) The valve of a pump box.

From an abbreviation of fangtooth, from Middle English *fangtooth, *fengtooth, from Old English fængtōþ, fengtōþ (“canine tooth”, literally “catch-tooth”). Cognate with German Fangzahn (“fang”, literally “catch-tooth”) and Dutch vangtand.

  1. a long, pointed canine tooth used for biting and tearing flesh
  2. (in snakes) a long pointed tooth for injecting venom

    fang was also found in the following language(s): Catalan, Danish, German, Icelandic, Mandarin, Norwegian Bokmål, Norwegian Nynorsk, Old English, and Scottish Gaelic

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    Fang Jingqi is a soccer player for the Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao F.C., Meixian Hakka F.C., China national under-20 football team, and China national under-23 football team. Fang was born on January 17th, 1993 in Guiyang, Guizhou, China.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Fang

    Ian was born on December 13th, 1989 in Shanghai.


    Lee Fang is a journalism and journalist.


    Vincent Fang is a mandopop lyricist. Vincent was born in 1969.


    Binxing was born in 1960.


    Lijun was born in 1963.


    Mei Fang is a soccer player for the Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao F.C., Wuhan Optics Valley F.C., Wuhan Zall F.C., and China national football team. Mei was born on November 14th, 1989 in Wuhan, Hubei, China.


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    Ethnicity Fang U.S.
      White 2.84% 64.26%
      African American 0.53% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 93.78% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.11% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.44% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 1.30% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Fang

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    Fun Facts about the name Fang

    • How Popular is the name Fang? As a last name Fang was the 3,464th most popular name in 2010.
    • When was the first name Fang first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Fang is Saturday, August 15th, 1891.
    • How unique is the name Fang? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Fang. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
    • Weird things about the name Fang: Your name in reverse order is Gnaf. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Nfag. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Fang? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 10,316 people with the last name Fang.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Fang? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 4 of them will have Fang as their last name.

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