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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: , present participle of pungere 'to prick, sting'

pungent

adjective
     
pun‧gent
1 having a strong taste or smell
pungent smell/aroma/odour etc
the pungent odour of garlic
2AL formal pungent speech or writing is clever and direct, and usually criticizes someone or something strongly:
He expressed some fairly pungent criticisms.
pungently adverb
pungency noun [uncountable]

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