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[pik-uh-lil-ee] /ˈpɪk əˌlɪl i/
noun, plural piccalillis.
a pungent relish of East Indian origin, made of chopped vegetables, mustard, vinegar, and hot spices.
Origin of piccalilli
1760-70; earlier piccalillo Indian pickle; obscurely akin to pickle1 Unabridged
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  • Green tomato pickles, chow chow, piccalilli carry the piquant tang of the tomato to enliven the winter table.

    The Tomato Paul Work
  • Ah, yes; he was India Pickle, aunt, and you used to call me piccalilli!

    Tony Butler Charles James Lever
  • Neither,” said Tom, with great dignity; “one was piccalilli, and the other mixed.

    Middy and Ensign G. Manville Fenn
  • A little Worcestershire sauce or piccalilli improves this considerably.

    The Khaki Kook Book Mary Kennedy Core
British Dictionary definitions for piccalilli


a pickle of mixed vegetables, esp onions, cauliflower, and cucumber, in a mustard sauce
Word Origin
C18 piccalillo, perhaps a coinage based on pickle
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for piccalilli

"pickle of chopped vegetables," 1769, piccalillo, perhaps a fanciful elaboration of pickle. Spelling with an -i attested from 1845.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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