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English definition of “pungent”

pungent

adjective     /ˈpʌn.dʒənt/
describes a very strong smell or taste , sometimes one that is unpleasantly strong : the pungent whiff of a goat I sat down to a cup of wonderfully pungent Turkish coffee .Flavours and tastesSmells and smellingNot pleasant to eat or drink literary describes speech or writing that is very strongly felt : pungent criticism / commentary Critical and uncomplimentaryStrong feelings pungency     /-dʒən.si/ noun [U] The cheeses vary in pungency.Flavours and tastesSmells and smellingNot pleasant to eat or drink pungently     /-li/ adverb Flavours and tastesSmells and smellingNot pleasant to eat or drink
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