pungent

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin pungens (stem pungent-), present participle of pungo (to sting).

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Adjective[edit]

pungent (comparative more pungent, superlative most pungent)

  1. Having a strong odor that stings the nose, said especially of acidic or spicy substances.
    The lasagne included plenty of pungent garlic.
    • 1991, Paul Chadwick, Concrete: American Christmas, Dark Horse Books
      I can almost smell the fir scent… resinous, pungent.
  2. Having a strong taste that stings the tongue, said especially of hot (spicy) food, which has a strong and sharp or bitter taste.
  3. Having a sharp and stiff point.
    The critic gave a pungent review.

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Verb[edit]

pungent

  1. third-person plural future active indicative of pungō