A pungent smell of rotting rubbish came from the pile of bulging bin-bags just inside the broken gate.
They did indeed burn sage and mallowsweet there on the classroom floor, and Firenze told them to look for certain shapes and symbols in the pungent fumes, but he seemed perfectly unconcerned that not one of them could see any of the signs he described, telling them that humans were hardly ever good at this, that it took centaurs years and years to become competent, and finished by telling them that it was foolish to put too much faith in such things, anyway, because even centaurs…
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Today there’s something else, though: the smell of smoke and something earthier, more pungent.
Lauren Oliver -- Before I Fall
He showed up at the bar nearly every day with a pungent Hardee’s bag, complaining about his budget until he was offered a first drink on the house.