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n. pl. pi·ca·ras (-räz′, -räs′)
1. A woman who is a rogue or adventurer.
2. The main character in a picaresque novel when that character is a woman or girl.

[Spanish pícara, feminine of pícaro, rogue; see picaro.]
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(ˈpɪkərə; ˈpiːk-)
(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) literature the main female character in a picaresque novel
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(ˈpɪk ər ə, ˈpi kər ə)

n., pl. -ras.
a woman who is a rogue or vagabond.
[1925–30; < Sp pícara, feminine of pícaro picaro]
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Next stop was La Picara, which offers a rich selection of modern Spanish tapas, such as the sinful meloso rice served in bone marrow, beef tenderloin tartare, or grilled pulpo (octopus).
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The seven articles consider such topics as the emblematic marriage of Guzm[sz]n de Alfarache and the Picara Justina, image to text: a possible visual source for Sir Thomas Wyatt's verse epistles, war and antiwar discourses in Alciato's book of emblems, and emblematic reading through visual commentary in an early 16th-century copy of Petrarch.