Pungency is the condition of having a strong, sharp smell or flavor that is often so strong that it is unpleasant. 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.
In a spicy manner.
Of, pertaining to, or containing spice.
“He prepared a spicy casserole.”
Provoking a burning sensation due to the presence of chillies or similar hot spices.
“This curry is too spicy for me. I can’t eat it.”
Tangy, zesty, or pungent.
“She breathed in the strong, spicy aroma.”
Vigorous; colorful; stimulating.
“He is known for his spicy political commentary.”
Risqué, sexy, racy; mildly pornographic.
“I don’t want my children to see the spicy images on this web site.””
flavoured with or fragrant with spice
“pasta in a spicy tomato sauce”
exciting or entertaining, especially through being mildly indecent
“spicy jokes and suggestive songs”