as·​trin·​gen·​cy | \ ə-ˈstrin-jən(t)-sē How to pronounce astringency (audio) \

Definition of astringency

: the quality or state of being astringent

Examples of astringency in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some varieties have a pleasing astringency in the skin, but that’s about it. David Karp, Los Angeles Times, "Gum Drops and Candy Hearts are ... grape varieties?," 23 July 2019 Such virtue often aligns with unpleasant qualities, like toughness or astringency (read: kale), but (2) seaweed is delicious! Tamar Adler, Vogue, "Is Seaweed the Perfect Food?," 15 Feb. 2019 White and green asparagus, cooked sous-vide in milk, were garnished with a poached egg, ramson oil, bonito flakes and ramps, the last adding some pleasant astringency to a soothing umami-rich dish. Alexander Lobrano, New York Times, "New New Nordic Cuisine Takes Hold in Oslo," 29 May 2018 Most of the time, the juice is quickly whisked away from the skins and seeds, which contain pigments and tannins that can add color and astringency. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "From Campania’s Volcanic Soils, Whites in Multiple Colors," 31 May 2018 Sure, there’s an extremely mild bitterness, but its leaves have a high moisture content that keeps the astringency in check, meaning the endive tastes crisp, fresh, and clean when compared to other, more intensely flavored chicories. Alex Delany, Bon Appetit, "Endive Is a Chip and a Salad Green at the Same Damn Time," 19 Jan. 2018 At once rustic and refined, the dessert starts with rhubarb stalks chopped into large pieces and slowly macerated with sugar to soften the texture and tame its astringency. Noelle Carter,, "Culinary SOS: The rhubarb tart from Church & State," 9 Mar. 2018 Other common threads were tolerant astringency and edgy acidity, but those are traits traditionally expected of barbera, regardless of whether it is grown in California or in its native Italy. Mike Dunne, sacbee, "Cooper’s vineyards continue to provide grapes for state’s best barberas," 26 Sep. 2017 Gold Digger is bursting with hops and notes of citrus, finishing with just the right amount of bitterness/astringency. Blair Anthony Robertson,, "A compact list of favorites: Beers, breweries, heroes, memories," 2 June 2017

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1601, in the meaning defined above

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