tong

tong
tong1
tonger, n.
/tawng, tong/, n.
1. tongs.
v.t.
2. to lift, seize, gather, hold, or handle with tongs, as logs or oysters.
v.i.
3. to use, or work with, tongs.
[bef. 900; 1865-70, for def. 2; ME tong(e) (sing.), tongen, tonges (pl.), OE; c. D tang, G Zange pair of tongs or pincers; akin to Gk dáknein to bite]
tong2
/tawng, tong/, n.
1. (in China) an association, society, or political party.
2. (among Chinese living in the U.S.) a fraternal or secret society, often associated with criminal activities.
[1880-85, Amer.; < dial. Chin (Guangdong) tòhng, akin to Chin táng meeting hall]

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