Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A pickled relish made of various chopped vegetables and hot spices.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A yellow pickle made from cauliflower, vegetable marrow, and other vegetables, pickled with vinegar, salt, sugar, and spiced with mustard, turmeric, and other spices.
  • n. A pickle, typically on a base of chopped green (unripe) tomatoes, but sometimes finely-chopped gherkins, and possibly including other vegetables.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A pickle of various vegetables with pungent species, -- originally made in the East Indies.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A kind of pickle made up of various vegetables, chopped and seasoned with mustard and pungent spices.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. relish of chopped pickled cucumbers and green peppers and onion

Etymologies

Probably alteration of pickle.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Unknown, 1845, presumably variant of pickle, which itself is from Middle English pekille ("spicy sauce served with meat or fish") or pikel, from Middle Dutch pekel ("brine"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Foodwise, there are various good quality sandwiches (eg. home-cured honey roast ham; deep-fried cod cheek with lettuce and salad cream) available until 6pm, and, outside of that, bar snacks of the ploughman's (£7.50), potted crab, pork pie and homemade piccalilli variety.

    West London's top 10 budget eats

  • Its food sorting warehouse in Salisbury has the nostalgic feel of a 1980s harvest festival – you might find a crate of something unhelpful, such as piccalilli, next to a huge stash of longlife milk.

    Bonuses in the City, but elsewhere in the UK foodbanks are booming | Zoe Williams

  • The last of the year's runner beans, a bit stringy now for serving as a vegetable, make cracking chutney if you treat them as you might a cauliflower, and make a piccalilli-style preserve with them.

    Nigel Slater's runner bean chutney and simple pear tart recipes

  • "You had to import Bird's custard, Branston pickle and piccalilli ... you had to buy PG Tips and then deal with the French milk."

    The Stones and the true story of Exile on Main St

  • Each fall he looks forward to making old-fashioned piccalilli from the peppers and green tomatoes that keep coming until a hard frost.

    One Big Table

  • Mr. Farmerie tops thin, pink strips of raw Tasmanian sea trout with shichimi (a Japanese blend of chilies and spices) and a crunchy English piccalilli made from diced cauliflower, cucumber, onions and vinegar, and seasoned with chili, ginger and turmeric.

    T.G.I.M., Really!

  • Galton produced a ham hock terrine with piccalilli and toasted spelt bread and Sat countered with ham, egg and peas.

    At My Table

  • "He put it all on Hodgepile, " Jamie told me, loading piccalilli onto a slice of pie.

    A Breath of Snow and Ashes

  • There were small canning jars of deep amethyst-purple grape preserves, strawberry jam as dark and rich as garnets, and emerald green piccalilli.

    Moon Dance

  • Abby strolled over toward the town green, where table after table of jams and breads, jars of piccalilli and pickled cauliflower, painted wooden garden ornaments, hats adorned with dried flowers, beaded jewelry, and mounded rounds of sweet potato pies and lemon pound cakes stretched from sidewalk to sidewalk.

    Carolina Mist

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