from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Affecting the organs of taste or smell with a sharp acrid sensation.
- adj. Penetrating, biting, or caustic: pungent satire.
- adj. To the point; sharp: pungent talks during which the major issues were confronted.
- adj. Pointed: a pungent leaf.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Having a strong odor that stings the nose, said especially of acidic or spicy substances.
- adj. Having a strong taste that stings the tongue, said especially of hot (spicy) food, which has a strong and sharp or bitter taste.
- adj. Having a sharp and stiff point.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Causing a sharp sensation, as of the taste, smell, or feelings; pricking; biting; acrid.
- adj. Sharply painful; penetrating; poignant; severe; caustic; stinging.
- adj. Prickly-pointed; hard and sharp.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Piercing; sharp.
- Specifically — In botany, terminating gradually in a hard sharp point, as the lobes of the holly-leaf.
- In entomology, fitted for piercing or penetrating: as, a pungent ovipositor.
- Sharp and painful; poignant.
- Affecting the tongue like small sharp points; stinging; acrid.
- Sharply affecting the sense of smell: as, pungent snuff.
- Hence, sharply affecting the mind; curt and expressive; caustic; racy; biting.
- Synonyms Sharp, stinging, keen, peppery, acrid, caustic. Piquant, Pungent, Poignant. That which is piquant is just tart enough to be agreeable; that which is pungent is so tart that, if it were more so, it would be positively disagreeable; that which is poignant is likely to prove actually disagreeable to most persons. Pungent is manifestly figurative when not applied to the sense of taste, or, less often, of smell; piquant is similar, but less forcible; poignant is now used chiefly of mental states, etc., as poignant grief, or of things affecting the mind, as poignant wit.
- In ichthyology, stiff and sharp-pointed: as, a pungent spine.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. strong and sharp
- adj. capable of wounding
Latin pungēns, pungent-, present participle of pungere, to sting.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin pungens (stem pungent-), present participle of pungo ("to sting"). (Wiktionary)