I. noun Etymology: Chinese (Guangdong) tòhng, literally, hall Date: 1883 a secret society or fraternal organization especially of Chinese in the United States formerly notorious for gang warfare II. verb Etymology: tongs Date: 1868 transitive verb to take, gather, hold, or handle with tongs <
tong oysters
intransitive verb to use tongs especially in taking or gathering something • tonger noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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