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pi·quant(pē′kənt, -känt′, pē-känt′)
1. Pleasantly pungent or tart in taste; spicy.
2. Appealingly provocative; charming: a piquant wit; a piquant face.
3. Causing hurt feelings; stinging: "people with equally piquant opinions about obesity, appearance and American doublespeak about weight" (Virginia Heffernan).
[French, from Old French, present participle of piquer, to prick; see pique.]
pi′quan·cy, pi′quant·ness n.
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|Noun||1.||piquantness - a tart spicy quality|
|2.||piquantness - the quality of being agreeably stimulating or mentally exciting|
quality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare
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