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astringent - vocabulary

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astringent - noun

A substance that contracts canals or tissues in the body; in cosmetics, a substance that cleans the skin and constricts the pores.

adjective

Harsh in disposition or character; in medicine, constricting or contracting.

About the size and shape of an average tomato, the seedless Fuyu has red-orange skin and when sliced displays a beautiful star pattern. The flavor is sweet, rich and not the least bit astringent.

—”From the Tropics to the Grocery Store” Washington Post, December 19, 2007

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