- 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
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Examples from the Web for piccalilli
The slaw is vaguely like piccalilli or relish, but has a taste and drippy texture like no other.The Most American Pit Stop in the U.S.A.
Jane & Michael Stern
July 21, 2014
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
Green tomato pickles, chow chow, piccalilli carry the piquant tang of the tomato to enliven the winter table.The Tomato
A little Worcestershire sauce or piccalilli improves this considerably.The Khaki Kook Book
Mary Kennedy Core
- a pickle of mixed vegetables, esp onions, cauliflower, and cucumber, in a mustard sauce
C18 piccalillo, perhaps a coinage based on pickle
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