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French translation of 'pungent'

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[ˈpʌndʒənt ]
1.  [smell, flavour] piquant(e)
2.  (figurative) [language, criticism] caustique

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Example Sentences Including 'pungent'

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It is notoriously pungent, extremely powerful and a favourite at Chinese banquets.
Times, Sunday Times (2012)
It has a light aroma and a persistent, pungent taste.
Jack Turner SPICE: The History of a Temptation (2004)
As the name suggests, the area is rich in sulphur and that means it smells pretty pungent - think rotten eggs.
The Sun (2016)
If you like your eggs dark green and with a pungent smell, head to China for a century egg.
Times, Sunday Times (2009)
It had a pungent smell and gave you cancer.
Times, Sunday Times (2013)
It has a pungent smell of garlic, and grows in colonies away from the bluebells.
Times, Sunday Times (2013)
It will go much darker and become less pungent in both taste and aroma.
The Sun (2013)
The heady air was filled with exotic fragrances of spices laced with the pungent aroma of seething humanity.
Times, Sunday Times (2008)
There's a pungent smell of marijuana in the air.
Times, Sunday Times (2009)
Alsace has had a strong, pungent history.
Times, Sunday Times (2008)
As we walked down the lane its pungent smell made our stomachs rumble.
Times, Sunday Times (2007)
Fresh turmeric is more powerful and pungent than the dried stuff.
Times, Sunday Times (2015)
It smells pungent and is very salty.
Times, Sunday Times (2014)
But it was the pungent, aromatic smell coming from the property that made the neighbours in the quiet suburban terrace increasingly suspicious.
The Sun (2012)
He always knew there was a good time going on because there would be laughter and a pungent smell.
The Sun (2015)
I love the pungent smell of their leaves as they are cut from August to November.
The Sun (2008)
It sounds an odd pairing but used sparingly, the earthy, pungent and aromatic flavour of sage adds rich warmth to simply cooked white fish.
Times, Sunday Times (2016)
The air smells smoky, charred, and in some areas a pungent smell persists that nobody can identify.
Times, Sunday Times (2009)
This can cause an'off' flavour and a pungent smell.
The Sun (2007)
We went to the front door and as it was opened there was a strong, pungent smell.
Times, Sunday Times (2006)
I can still remember the pungent smell.
Jan Fennell FRIENDS FOR LIFE (2003)
Uses - in cooking to make a pungent sauce; also many medicinal uses.
Stickland, Sue Planning the Organic Herb Garden (1986)
Uses - its pungent bitter smell is reputed to repel insects.
Stickland, Sue Planning the Organic Herb Garden (1986)

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'pungent' in Other Languages

British English: pungent ADJECTIVE
Something that is pungent has a strong, sharp smell or taste which is often so strong that it is unpleasant.
The more herbs you use, the more pungent the sauce will be.
  • American English: pungent
  • Brazilian Portuguese: pungente
  • Chinese: 刺鼻的
  • European Spanish: acre
  • French: piquant
  • German: scharf
  • Italian: forte
  • Japanese: 刺すように刺激する
  • Korean: 톡 쏘는듯 자극적인
  • European Portuguese: pungente
  • Spanish: acre


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