03 October 2008

A Word With Moshammer's Ghost


Function: adjective

Etymology: Latin pungent, pungens, present participle of pungere to prick, sting; akin to Latin pugnus fist, pugnare to fight, Greek pygmē fist

Date: 1597

1: sharply painful

2: having a stiff and sharp point, pungent leaves

3 a: marked by a sharp incisive quality, caustic

3b: being sharp and to the point

4a: causing a sharp or irritating sensation, especially acrid

4b: having an intense flavor or odor, a pungent belch

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