from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- noun A drink made by steeping in water the skins, etc., of grapes that have already been pressed for wine-making; hence, thin, small, and sour wine.
The liquor called piquette, which is manufactured by our farmers, supplies advantageously the place of wine, serving as a tonic, and at the same time quenching thirst.
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In the future, 'there may be less Languedoc,' a region that, while it produces fine vintages, was long infamous for its 'piquette,' or biting wine.
These considerations point out in the strongest manner the poverty of this royal people, of whom two-thirds, if not three-fourths, were reduced to live on fish and cheese, and drink piquette, when the expense of the table of Vitellius amounted, in a single year, to 175 millions of Francs.
This word ultimately comes from the French 'piquer,' to be piquant or pungent.