pungent


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Pungent \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.
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            Pungent radish biting infant's tongue. --Shenstone.
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            The pungent grains of titillating dust. --Pope.
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   2. Sharply painful; penetrating; poignant; severe; caustic;
      stinging.
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            With pungent pains on every side.     --Swift.
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            His pungent pen played its part in rousing the
            nation.                               --J. R. Green.
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   3. (Bot.) Prickly-pointed; hard and sharp.
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   Syn: Acrid; piercing; sharp; penetrating; acute; keen;
        acrimonious; biting; stinging.
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