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tan·gle1 / ˈtanggəl/ • v. [tr.] (usu. be tangled) twist together into a confused mass: the broom somehow got tangled up in my long skirt. ∎  [intr.] (tangle with) inf. become involved in a conflict or fight with: I know there'll be trouble if I try to tangle with him. • n. a confused mass of something twisted together: a tangle of golden hair. ∎  a confused or complicated state; a muddle. ∎ inf. a fight, argument, or disagreement. PHRASES: a tangled web a complex, difficult, and confusing situation or thing. DERIVATIVES: tan·gly / -g(ə)lē/ adj. tan·gle2 • n. any of a number of brown seaweeds, esp. oarweed.

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tangle The common name for the large brown seaweed Laminaria digitata. The holdfast is much branched and root-like, the stipe is thick, flexible, smooth, and cylindrical, and the blade is oar-shaped and divided into many strap-like ribbons. It is found at and below low-water mark.

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Tangle

a knot of threads or other items in confused piles.

Examples : tangles of courts, 1861; of creepers, 1842; of facts and figures, 1883; of metaphysics, 1858; of low scrubby oaks, 1873; of serpent tresses, 1819; of words, 1866.

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tangle1 †involve (a person) in embarrassment XIV; ENTANGLE XVI. ME. tangil, -el, var. of tagil; of uncert. orig.
Hence sb. XVII.

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tangle2 gen. term for the larger seaweeds. XVI (earliest Sc.). prob. — Norw. tongul, Faroese tangul, repr. ON. bǫngull.

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tangledraggle, gaggle, haggle, raggle-taggle, straggle, waggle •algal •angle, bangle, bespangle, dangle, entangle, fandangle, jangle, mangel, mangle, spangle, strangle, tangle, wangle, wide-angle, wrangle •triangle • quadrangle • rectangle •pentangle • right angle • gargle •bagel, finagle, Hegel, inveigle, Schlegel •beagle, eagle, illegal, legal, paralegal, regal, spread eagle, viceregal •porbeagle •giggle, higgle, jiggle, niggle, sniggle, squiggle, wiggle, wriggle •commingle, cringle, dingle, Fingal, intermingle, jingle, mingle, shingle, single, swingle, tingle •prodigal • madrigal • warrigal •surcingle • Christingle •boggle, goggle, joggle, synagogal, toggle, woggle •diphthongal, Mongol, pongal •hornswoggle •bogle, mogul, ogle •Bruegel •bugle, frugal, fugal, google •Dougal, Mughal •Portugal • conjugal •juggle, smuggle, snuggle, struggle •bungle, fungal, jungle •McGonagall • astragal •burghal, burgle, Fergal, gurgle

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