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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Pungent  \Pun"gent\,  a.  [L.  pungens,  -entis,  p.  pr  of  pungere 
  punctum,  to  prick.  Cf  {Compunction},  {Expunge},  {Poignant}, 
  {Point},  n.,  {Puncheon},  {Punctilio},  {Punt},  v.  t.] 
  1.  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. 
  2.  Sharply  painful;  penetrating;  poignant;  severe;  caustic; 
  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. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  1:  sharp  biting  or  acrid  especially  in  taste  or  smell;  "tasting 
  the  pungent  wood  sorrel";  "pungent  curry";  "a  pungent 
  smell  of  burning  sulfur"  [ant:  {bland}] 
  2:  capable  of  wounding;  "a  barbed  compliment";  "a  biting 
  aphorism";  "pungent  satire"  [syn:  {barbed},  {biting},  {nipping}] 

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