Tank engine, a locomotive which carries the water and fuel it requires, thus dispensing with a tender.Tank iron, plate iron thinner than boiler plate, and thicker than sheet iron or stovepipe iron.Tank worm(Zoöl.), a small nematoid worm found in the water tanks of India, supposed by some to be the young of the Guinea worm.

(Tan"ka) n. (Naut.) A kind of boat used in Canton. It is about 25 feet long and is often rowed by women. Called also tankia. S. W. Williams.

(Tan"gle*fish`) n. (Zoöl.) The sea adder, or great pipefish of Europe.

(Tan"gling*ly) adv. In a tangling manner.

(Tan"gly) a.

1. Entangled; intricate.

2. Covered with tangle, or seaweed.

Prone, helpless, on the tangly beach he lay.

(Tan"gram) n. [Cf. Trangram.] A Chinese toy made by cutting a square of thin wood, or other suitable material, into seven pieces, as shown in the cut, these pieces being capable of combination in various ways, so as to form a great number of different figures. It is now often used in primary schools as a means of instruction.

(Tangue) n. (Zoöl.) The tenrec.

(Tan"gun) n. (Zoöl.) A piebald variety of the horse, native of Thibet.

(Tang"whaup) n. (Zoöl.) The whimbrel. [Prov. Eng.]

(Tan"i*er) n. (Bot.) An aroid plant the leaves of which are boiled and eaten in the West Indies. [Written also tannier.]

(Tan"ist) n. [Ir. tanaiste, tanaise, second, the second person in rank, the presumptive or apparent heir to a prince.] In Ireland, a lord or proprietor of a tract of land or of a castle, elected by a family, under the system of tanistry.

This family [the O'Hanlons] were tanists of a large territory within the present county of Armagh.
M. A. Lower.

(Tan"ist*ry) n. [See Tanist.] In Ireland, a tenure of family lands by which the proprietor had only a life estate, to which he was admitted by election.

The primitive intention seems to have been that the inheritance should descend to the oldest or most worthy of the blood and name of the deceased. This was, in reality, giving it to the strongest; and the practice often occasioned bloody feuds in families, for which reason it was abolished under James I.

(Ta"nite) n. A firm composition of emery and a certain kind of cement, used for making grinding wheels, slabs, etc.

(Tank) n. A small Indian dry measure, averaging 240 grains in weight; also, a Bombay weight of 72 grains, for pearls. Simmonds.

(Tank), n. [Pg. tanque, L. stangum a pool; or perhaps of East Indian origin. Cf. Stank, n.] A large basin or cistern; an artificial receptacle for liquids.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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