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Latin pungēns pungent- present participle of pungere to sting peuk- in Indo-European roots
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Latin pungens (stem pungent-), present participle of pungo (“to sting").
He put a tray of garlic bread into the oven and the pungent smell of warming cheese filled the room.
It is a colourless gas, possessing an unpleasant pungent smell.
Her thoughts were interrupted by a pungent odor.
It possesses an extremely pungent smell, and its vapour is extremely irritating to the eyes.
The odor was strong, almost pungent, like... that was it, clay!
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