Definition of pungency in English:

pungency

noun

  • See pungent

    • ‘Bush tomatoes have an intense, earthy-tomato and caramel flavor of great piquancy and pungency.’
    • ‘The oils have the pepper aroma and flavour but lack pungency.’
    • ‘In 1912, pharmacist William Scoville devised the first systematic test for ranking the pungency of peppers using a panel of tasters.’
    • ‘Such levels of spices can be comfortably consumed in the regular diet, except when their consumption is limited by the pungency (red pepper) or strong odour (garlic).’
    • ‘The seeds, as commonly thought, are not the true source of pungency in peppers, even though capsaicinoids are often absorbed into the seeds.’

Pronunciation

pungency

/ˈpʌn(d)ʒ(ə)nsi/