• The projecting part of the breech of a musket barrel, by which the barrel is secured to the stock
  • A group of saltwater fish from the Acanthuridae family, especially the Zebrasoma genus, also known as the surgeonfish.
  • A strong or offensive taste; especially, a taste of something extraneous to the thing itself.

    "Wine or cider has a tang of the cask."

  • The part of a knife, fork, file, or other small instrument, which is inserted into the handle
  • Anything resembling a tongue in form or position such as the tongue of a buckle.
  • A refreshingly sharp aroma or flavor
  • A projecting part of an object by means of which it is secured to a handle, or to some other part.
  • The part of a sword blade to which the handle is fastened
  • A sharp, twanging sound; an unpleasant tone; a twang
  • (rare) knotted wrack, Ascophyllum nodosum (coarse blackish seaweed)
  • (obsolete) tongue
  • (figuratively) A sharp, specific flavor or tinge


  • To make a ringing sound; to ring.

    "Let thy tongue tang arguments of state. — Shakespeare."

  • (dated, beekeeping) To strike two metal objects together loudly in order to persuade a swarm of honeybees to land so it may be captured by the beekeeper.

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