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pun·gent

(pŭn'jent),
Sharp; said of the taste or odor of a substance.
[L. pungo, pres. p. -ens (-ent-), to pierce]

pungent

(pŭn′jĕnt)
Acrid or sharp, as applied to an odor or taste.

pungent

(of plant structures) stiffly pointed to the extent that it will prick.
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Passengers booked on a Sriwijaya Air flight from Bengkulu province in Sumatra to Jakarta on Monday complained to staff after smelling the fruit and refused to get on the plane -- repulsed by the pungent payload and concerned about the extra weight on board.
The research revealed that a single point mutation in the tree shrew's transient receptor potential vanilloid type-1 (TRPV1, a polymodal nociceptor) ion channel (tsV1) lowers its sensitivity to capsaicinoids, thus enabling tree shrews' unique feeding behavior regarding pungent plants.
The role of bacteria in the production of BO has been known for some time and scientists have recently discovered a small number of species of bacteria are responsible for the most pungent component of the whiff in our pits.
Local Nazim of Bahadar Kalley and some other dwellers had approached PHC over solid waste filling in their vicinity spreading pungent spell and causing health risks in the area.
It was collected in the same way as Watercress, and often mistaken for it, having a similar appearance and a slightly more pungent taste.
Officers swooped after noticing a pungent smell when dealing with an incident nearby.
A Japanese teacher at MKD, talking to students in Nihonggo, later explained that while the Japanese people loved to eat good food, they shirk from eating pungent or smelly ones.
"They then carried out further searches and discovered approximately 1,000 tonnes of municipal type waste and organic material upstream, which probably accounts for the pungent odours."
Summary: Residents say they feel choked by pungent smell from nearby Al Aweer Sewage Treatment Plant
Summary: Citizens fed up with pungent mounds of trash in the capital are taking matters into their own hands by launching initiatives to keep Beirut's streets clean.
"After the shells burst, a pungent cloud of gas spread across the old terminal.
By analyzing the correlation between their activities and their Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) characteristics, herbs with pungent flavor displayed potent anti-inflammatory capability.