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

  • adj. Sliced, sautéed, and served in a sauce containing lemon, butter, and spices. Used of meat or fish.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Sliced, sautéed and served with lemon, parsley and butter sauce.


Italian, feminine of piccato, larded, past participle of piccarsi, to prick oneself, translation of French piqué, past participle of piquer, to prick, lard; see pique.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Italian piccata ‘larded’, past participle of piccarsi ‘prick oneself’. (Wiktionary)



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