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Definition of astringent adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1(technology) (of a liquid or cream) able to make the skin feel less oily or to stop the loss of blood from a cut an astringent lotion to have an astringent effect
  2. 2(formal) critical in a severe or intelligent way astringent writers/comments
  3. 3(formal) (of a taste or smell) slightly bitter but fresh the astringent taste of lemon juice
  4. astringency
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  5. NAmE//‑dʒənsi//
    noun [uncountable]
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