Definition of pungent in English:

pungent

Line breaks: pun|gent
Pronunciation: /ˈpʌn(d)ʒ(ə)nt
 
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adjective

Derivatives

pungency

noun
More example sentences
  • Bush tomatoes have an intense, earthy-tomato and caramel flavor of great piquancy and pungency.
  • The oils have the pepper aroma and flavour but lack pungency.
  • Such levels of spices can be comfortably consumed in the regular diet, except when their consumption is limited by the pungency (red pepper) or strong odour (garlic).

pungently

adverb
More example sentences
  • Horses, on the other hand, gave off less offensive odours; harnessed to a mowing machine or harvester, in the heat of an autumn day, they emitted a sweaty smell and pungently broke wind.
  • Hepungently assesses the disgusting abdication of moral responsibility being displayed by Europe over the race to acquire nuclear weapons.
  • There is a whiff of conspiracy in the air and it reeks pungently of Chardonnay glugging down the plug hole and just a dash of carpet-trampled kettle chips.

Origin

late 16th century (in the sense 'very painful or distressing'): from Latin pungent- 'pricking', from the verb pungere.

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