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[pi-kah-tuh; Italian peek-kah-tah] /pɪˈkɑ tə; Italian pikˈkɑ tɑ/
adjective, Italian Cookery.
cooked, served, or sauced with lemon and parsley:
veal piccata.
Origin of piccata
< Italian: a slice of veal cooked in this manner < French piqué, past participle of piquer to lard (meat), attach (ingredients) by pricking or puncturing, literally, to prick; see pique1, -ate1 Unabridged
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Contemporary definitions for piccata

a dish of sauteed veal or chicken served with a sauce of pan drippings, lemon juice, and parsley

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