A tang is a sharp flavor or smell, like the tang of fresh-squeezed lemonade or the tang of the salty ocean breeze.

When you eat something sour, you taste a tang, like the tang of blue cheese or vinegar in your salad. Although it's no longer available today, Tang was also the name of a tangy, sugary orange drink that was especially popular in the 1960s and 70s. From a root word meaning "to bite," tang's original meaning was "serpent's tongue."

Definitions of tang
  1. noun
    a tart spicy quality
    synonyms: nip, piquance, piquancy, piquantness, tanginess, zest
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    type of:
    spice, spicery, spiciness
    the property of being seasoned with spice and so highly flavored
  2. noun
    the taste experience when a savoury condiment is taken into the mouth
    synonyms: flavor, flavour, nip, relish, sapidity, savor, savour, smack
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    a distinctive tart flavor characteristic of lemons
    a distinctive fragrant flavor characteristic of vanilla beans
    type of:
    gustatory perception, gustatory sensation, taste, taste perception, taste sensation
    the sensation that results when taste buds in the tongue and throat convey information about the chemical composition of a soluble stimulus
  3. noun
    any of various coarse seaweeds
    synonyms: sea tang
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    plant growing in the sea, especially marine algae
  4. noun
    brown algae seaweed with serrated edges
    synonyms: Fucus serratus, serrated wrack
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    type of:
    brown algae
    algae having the chlorophyll masked by brown and yellow pigments
  5. noun
    any of various kelps especially of the genus Laminaria
    synonyms: sea tangle
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    large brown seaweeds having fluted leathery fronds
  6. noun
    a common rockweed used in preparing kelp and as manure
    synonyms: Fucus vesiculosus, black rockweed, bladder fucus, bladderwrack
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    type of:
    coarse brown seaweed growing on rocks exposed at low tide
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