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Meaning of PUNGENT

Pronunciation:  'punjunt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  sharp biting or acrid especially in taste or smell; "tasting the pungent wood sorrel"; "pungent curry"; "a pungent smell of burning sulfur"
  2. [adj]  capable of wounding; "a barbed compliment"; "a biting aphorism"; "pungent satire"

PUNGENT is a 7 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: acrid, alliaceous, barbed, biting, garlicky, gingery, hot, mordacious, nipping, peppery, sarcastic, spicy
 Antonyms: bland
 See Also: tasteful



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Pun"gent\, a. [L. pungens, -entis, p. pr. of pungere,
punctum, to prick. Cf. {Compunction}, {Expunge}, {Poignant},
{Point}, n., {Puncheon}, {Punctilio}, {Punt}, v. t.]
1. Causing a sharp sensation, as of the taste, smell, or
   feelings; pricking; biting; acrid; as, a pungent spice.

         Pungent radish biting infant's tongue. --Shenstone.

         The pungent grains of titillating dust. --Pope.

2. Sharply painful; penetrating; poignant; severe; caustic;

         With pungent pains on every side.     --Swift.

         His pungent pen played its part in rousing the
         nation.                               --J. R. Green.

3. (Bot.) Prickly-pointed; hard and sharp.

Syn: Acrid; piercing; sharp; penetrating; acute; keen;
     acrimonious; biting; stinging.

Biology Dictionary
 Definition: Ending in a stiff, sharp point; having an acrid taste or smell.