1. Affecting the organs of taste or smell with a sharp acrid sensation.
a. Penetrating, biting, or caustic: pungent satire.
b. To the point; sharp: pungent talks during which the major issues were confronted.
3. Pointed: a pungent leaf.
1. (Cookery) having an acrid smell or sharp bitter flavour
2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) (of wit, satire, etc.) biting; caustic
3. (Life Sciences & Allied Applications / Biology) Biology ending in a sharp point a pungent leaf
[from Latin pungens piercing, from pungere to prick]