tang


tang
tang1
/tang/, n.
1. a strong taste or flavor.
2. the distinctive flavor or quality of a thing.
3. a pungent or distinctive odor.
4. a touch or suggestion of something; slight trace.
5. a long and slender projecting strip, tongue, or prong forming part of an object, as a chisel, file, or knife, and serving as a means of attachment for another part, as a handle or stock.
6. a surgeonfish.
v.t.
7. to furnish with a tang.
[1300-50; ME tange tongue of a snake, projection on a tool, perh. < ON tangi projection, headland]
Syn. 1. savor. 4. taste, hint.
tang2
/tang/, n.
1. a sharp ringing or twanging sound; clang.
v.t., v.i.
2. to ring or twang; clang.
[1550-60; imit.; see TING1]

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▪ Chinese emperor
Wade-Giles romanization  T'ang , personal name (xingming)  Zi , temple name (miaohao)  Taiyi , also called  Chengtang , or  Tianyi 
flourished 17th–16th century? BC

      reign name of the Chinese emperor who overthrew the Xia dynasty (c. 2070–c. 1600 BC) and founded the Shang (Shang dynasty), the first historical dynasty ( c. 1600–1046 BC, though the dating of the Shang—and hence also of the Tang emperor's founding of it—have long been the subject of much debate).

      As a historical figure, Tang was apparently a scion of a noble family. According to legend, he was a descendant of the mythical sage-king Huangdi (the “Yellow Emperor”). Tang is also said to have revolted against the evil last ruler of the Xia dynasty after reading on the shell of a tortoise a prophecy that he would do so.

      Revered as a humane and generous ruler, Tang is said to have offered himself as a sacrifice to Heaven during a drought. Rain fell before the ceremony ended, however, and he was spared. He is usually represented as a nine-foot-tall, white-faced, whiskered man with a pointed head, six-jointed arms, and a body markedly larger on one side than on the other.

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