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piquant (adj) tasting pleasantly strong or spicy; (Of a situation) exciting and interesting.

A food item has a piquant taste if it has a pleasant strong, sharp or spicy taste. A piquant sauce has a pleasant strong flavor. Some fruits have a piquant taste, in that they taste sharp and at the same pleasant. A piquant situation is an exciting and interesting situation. The sudden disappearance of a person wanted in connection with a crime makes the situation piquant, that is, it makes the situation exciting and interesting. The appearance of two people confessing to a crime is also an example of a piquant situation, because it is quite interesting and intriguing.

  • The chicken quite deliciously cooked was all the more enjoyable because it was served with a piquant mushroom soup.
  • The situation turned piquant with the man supposed to be dead, suddenly turning up and shocked to know that he had been thought dead.
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