Clove vs. Pungent

By Jaxson

Main Difference

The main difference between Clove and Pungent is that the Clove is a species of plant and Pungent is a taste

  • Clove

    Cloves are the aromatic flower buds of a tree in the family Myrtaceae, Syzygium aromaticum. They are native to the Maluku Islands (or Moluccas) in Indonesia, and are commonly used as a spice. Cloves are commercially harvested primarily in Bangladesh, Indonesia, India, Madagascar, Zanzibar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Tanzania. Cloves are available throughout the year.

  • Pungent

    Pungency is the condition of having a strong, sharp smell or flavor that is often so strong that it is unpleasant. For example, the pungent smell of a dirty animal. Pungency is the technical term used by scientists to refer to the characteristic of food commonly referred to as spiciness or hotness and sometimes heat, which is found in foods such as chili peppers.

    The term piquancy () is sometimes applied to foods with a lower degree of pungency that are “agreeably stimulating to the palate.” Examples of piquant food include mustard and curry.

  • Clove (noun)

    A very pungent aromatic spice, the unexpanded flower bud of the clove tree.

  • Clove (noun)

    A clove tree, of the species Syzygium aromaticum (syn. ver=161207), native to the Moluccas (Indonesian islands), which produces the spice.

  • Clove (noun)

    An old English measure of weight, containing 7 pounds (3.2 kg), i.e. half a stone.

  • Clove (noun)

    Any one of the separate bulbs that make up the larger bulb of garlic

  • Pungent (adjective)

    Having a strong odor that stings the nose, said especially of acidic or spicy substances.

    “I accidentally dropped the bottle of ammonia and after few seconds, a very pungent stench could be detected.”

  • Pungent (adjective)

    Having a strong taste that stings the tongue, said especially of hot (spicy) food, which has a strong and sharp or bitter taste.

  • Pungent (adjective)

    Stinging; acerbic.

    “The critic gave a pungent review.”

  • Pungent (adjective)

    Having a sharp and stiff point.


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