tang 1 (tăng)
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.
5. See surgeonfish.
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.]
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