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fang (n.)

Old English fang "prey, spoils, plunder, booty; a seizing or taking," from gefangen, strong past participle of fon "seize, take, capture," from Proto-Germanic *fāhanan (source also of Old Frisian fangia, Middle Dutch and Dutch vangen, Old Norse fanga, German fangen, Gothic fahan), from nasalized form of PIE root *pag- "to fasten" (source also of Latin pax "peace").

The sense of "canine tooth" (1550s) was not in Middle English and probably developed from Old English fengtoð, literally "catching- or grasping-tooth." Compare German Fangzahn. Transferred to the venom tooth of a serpent, etc., by 1800.

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Definitions of fang from WordNet
1
fang (n.)
an appendage of insects that is capable of injecting venom; usually evolved from the legs;
fang (n.)
canine tooth of a carnivorous animal; used to seize and tear its prey;
fang (n.)
hollow or grooved tooth of a venomous snake; used to inject its poison;
2
Fang (n.)
a Bantu language spoken in Cameroon;
From wordnet.princeton.edu