How do I say that my mouth is feeling very hot from the spicy food that I ate?

What word should I say?

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    Hi @Mark Gabriel. To make it clear that you are referring to your mouth, you probably need to say something like 'my mouth is on fire' or 'my mouth is burning'. Aug 3, 2015 at 12:30
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    Inflammatory ??
    – alpa
    Aug 3, 2015 at 13:28
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    Language isn't logical. There's not necessarily a word to fill in every conceptual spot, for every sense. Note that there are no such patterns (as you request for any of the other tastes (bitter, sweet etc). Also, even if there were such a word, it is very possible that you just don't say it that way in English. To get across your idea however, you would say things like what @JulieCarter suggested, the food had that property, not really your mouth.
    – Mitch
    Aug 3, 2015 at 13:30
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    @RegDwigнt: I don't know about your mouth, but mine definitely is not numb when I have eaten very spicy food!
    – user11752
    Aug 3, 2015 at 14:07
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    This is so similar it might be the same: english.stackexchange.com/questions/148117/… Aug 3, 2015 at 14:21

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Inflamed is the best I can find. You ate wasabi and now you mouth is inflamed. Although people more typically just say that their mouth is on fire or is burning.


i think the best term to use to describe this feeling would be "spiced". Such as, "Bro that hot pepper made me so spiced!"

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    Do you have any examples of this usage?
    – Martin F
    Jan 29, 2019 at 20:29

Pungency is the condition of having a strong, sharp smell or taste that is often so strong that it is unpleasant. Pungency is the technical term used by scientists to refer to the characteristic of food commonly referred to as spiciness or hotness and sometimes heat, which is found in foods such as chili peppers. [...]

The terms "pungent" and "pungency" are rarely used in colloquial speech but are preferred by scientists as they eliminate the potential ambiguity arising from use of the words "hot" and "spicy", which can also refer to temperature and the presence of spices, respectively. –Wiki

pun·gent /ˈpənjənt/ adjective

: having a sharply strong taste or smell. "the pungent smell of frying onions"Google

The capsaicin in those peppers left my mouth feeling very pungent.

[Capsaicin] is an irritant for mammals –Wiki

No thanks, my mouth is still irritated from the last horderves.

What you'll probably say: WATER!

What you really need: milk.

Milk contains casein, a fat-loving compound that binds with spicy capsaicin oil and then washes it away. –discovery.com

No single word colloquially encompasses the internationally understood action of panting and fanning your open mouth.

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