Pungency is the condition of having a strong, sharp smell or flavor that is often so strong that it is unpleasant. For example, the pungent smell of a dirty animal. Pungency is the technical term used by scientists to refer to the characteristic of food commonly referred to as spiciness or hotness and sometimes heat, which is found in foods such as chili peppers.
The term piquancy () is sometimes applied to foods with a lower degree of pungency that are "agreeably stimulating to the palate." Examples of piquant food include mustard and curry.
Having a strong odor that stings the nose, said especially of acidic or spicy substances.
"I accidentally dropped the bottle of ammonia and after few seconds, a very pungent stench could be detected."
Having a strong taste that stings the tongue, said especially of hot (spicy) food, which has a strong and sharp or bitter taste.
"The critic gave a pungent review."
Having a sharp and stiff point.
Causing a sharp sensation, as of the taste, smell, or feelings; pricking; biting; acrid; as, a pungent spice.
Sharply painful; penetrating; poignant; severe; caustic; stinging.
Prickly-pointed; hard and sharp.
sharp biting or acrid especially in taste or smell;
"tasting the pungent wood sorrel"
"a pungent smell of burning sulfur"
capable of wounding;
"a barbed compliment"
"a biting aphorism"