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pungent

[ puhn-juhnt ]
/ ˈpʌn dʒənt /
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adjective
sharply affecting the organs of taste or smell, as if by a penetrating power; biting; acrid.
acutely distressing to the feelings or mind; poignant.
caustic, biting, or sharply expressive: pungent remarks.
mentally stimulating or appealing: pungent wit.
Biology. piercing or sharp-pointed.
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Origin of pungent

1590–1600; <Latin pungent- (stem of pungēns), present participle of pungere to prick. See poignant, point, -ent

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British Dictionary definitions for pungent

pungent
/ (ˈpʌndʒənt) /

adjective
having an acrid smell or sharp bitter flavour
(of wit, satire, etc) biting; caustic
biology ending in a sharp pointa pungent leaf

Derived forms of pungent

pungency, nounpungently, adverb

Word Origin for pungent

C16: from Latin pungens piercing, from pungere to prick
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