What does the word astringent mean?

Usage examples for astringent

  1. Cold is the attractive or astringent power, comparatively uncounteracted by the dilative, the diminution of which is the proportional increase of the contractive. – Literary Remains, Vol. 2 by Coleridge
  2. Berries medium, round, rich amber red with thin bloom, persistent, firm; skin tender, adherent, astringent; flesh pale green, translucent, juicy, tough, solid, strongly foxy, vinous; poor in quality. – Manual of American Grape-Growing by U. P. Hedrick
  3. The best sorts of plums are agreeable at the dessert, and, when perfectly ripe, are wholesome; but some are too astringent. – The Book of Household Management by Mrs. Isabella Beeton

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