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[pi-kahn-tey; Spanish pee-kahn-te]Spanish and Latin-American Cookery.
  1. prepared so as to be very hot and spicy, especially with a hot and spicy sauce.
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noun, plural pi·can·tes [pi-kahn-teyz; Spanish pee-kahn-tes] /pɪˈkɑn teɪz; Spanish piˈkɑn tɛs/.
  1. any food that is very hot and spicy, especially a hot sauce.
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Origin of picante

< Spanish: spicy, hot, past participle of picar to prick, bite; see pique1, piquant
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