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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Latin
Origin: punctura, from pungere; PUNGENT

puncture

1 noun
     
punc‧ture1 [countable]
1 British English a small hole made accidentally in a tyre [= flat American English]
She was cycling home when she had a puncture.
slow puncture (=one that lets air out very slowly)
2 a small hole made by a sharp point, especially in someone's body:
puncture wounds

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