Pun"gent (?), a. [L. pungens, -entis, p. pr. of pungere, punctum, to prick. Cf. Compunction, Expunge, Poignant, Point, n., Puncheon, Punctilio, Punt, v. t.]


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.


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

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.


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