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.
The pungent grains of titillating dust.
Sharply painful; penetrating; poignant; severe; caustic; stinging.
With pungent pains on every side.
His pungent pen played its part in rousing the nation.
J. R. Green.
Prickly-pointed; hard and sharp.
Syn. -- Acrid; piercing; sharp; penetrating; acute; keen; acrimonious; biting; stinging.
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