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  • n  a sharp astringent taste; the taste experience when a substance causes the mouth to pucker
  • n  the ability to contract or draw together soft body tissues to check blood flow or restrict secretion of fluids

  • In the chronology of the English comedy of manners, Anglo-Irish Dion Boucicault flounders between the astringency of Sheridan and the epigrams of Wilde.
  • Kinsley is correct to say we need leaders brave enough to practice astringency, telling people what they don't want to hear.
  • The songs, mostly written and produced with the formidable David Ricketts, soar and surprise; the lyrics have a spare astringency, which is just the right tone in which to tell .
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  • CUESA Farm Tours: Viewing the Small Farmer in His Natural Habitat
    The fresh asparagus stalk was sweet, tender, and mild as spinach, with just a hint of the vegetable's usual astringency. It was the best I'd ever tasted, though its flavor was certainly enhanced by where I was standing: in a field of asparagus 12 feet below sea level, on an island in the middle o...
    April 29, 2014 - SF Weekly

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