The Unknown; it is possibly derived from Middle English *pange, perhaps an altered form of prange, prōnge as in prongys of deth (“pangs of death, death throes”), from Anglo-Latin pronga, of unknown origin. Perhaps connected with Middle Dutch prange, pranghe (modern Dutch prang ("horse restraint; fetter, neck iron")), Middle Low German prange ("pole, stake; (possibly) kind of pillory or stocks"), Old English pyngan ("to prick"). The word may thus be related to prong.
The verb is derived from the noun.
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