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(adj) biting sharp in taste or smell. Origin: L pungere, to prick A pungent smelling gas, like Ethyl mercaptan or hydrogen sulphide (which smells like rotten eggs), is added to cooking gas to detect gas leakages. The smell of a hospital disinfectant is pungent. Sherlock Holmes left a trail of pungent odours from his cigar in the freezing eddies of the air behind him.

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