Origin of pungent
Examples from the Web for pungent
Regardless, that goes double for a hippy isle full of expats and pungent pot known as Bocas del Toro.
Their free clinic in central Athens is housed in a shabby apartment that smells of feverish bodies and pungent medicine.
On move-in day I opened the front door to a pungent, musky odor of pure mold.
Women who use the pungent coverup make less money than fully topless dancers, but many seem to prefer the alternative.
New hires are also warned not to wear perfume or aftershave that is too pungent.
A salt breath, pungent with tide-stranded seaweed, reached him.The Divine Adventure etc. (Works vol. 4)|Fiona Macleod
It was a pungent answer given by a Free Kirk member who had deserted his colours and returned to the old faith.Reminiscences of Scottish Life and Character|Edward Bannerman Ramsay
The aromatic odor and pungent, bitter taste are retained in the dried article.Ginseng and Other Medicinal Plants|A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
He was beginning to see, despite the darkness and the nauseating, pungent fumes.A Lively Bit of the Front|Percy F. Westerman
The leaves are acrid, and emit a pungent odour when handled.
Word Origin for pungent
1590s, "sharp, poignant" (of pain or grief), from Latin pungentem (nominative pungens), present participle of pungere "to prick, pierce, sting," figuratively, "to vex, grieve, trouble, afflict," related to pugnus "fist" (see pugnacious). Meaning "having powerful odor or taste" first recorded 1660s. Literal sense "sharp, pointed" (c.1600) is very rare in English, mostly limited to botany. Middle English and early Modern English also had a now-obsolete verb punge "to prick, pierce; to smart, cause to sting," from Latin pungere. Related: Pungently.