(Tan"gle*fish`) n. (Zoöl.) The sea adder, or great pipefish of Europe.
(Tan"gling*ly) adv. In a tangling manner.
1. Entangled; intricate.
2. Covered with tangle, or seaweed.
Prone, helpless, on the tangly beach he lay.Falconer.
(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.
(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 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.
(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.
(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.