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Spiciness Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    spiciness n
  1. the property of being seasoned with spice and so highly flavored [syn: spice, spicery]
  2. behavior or language bordering on indelicacy [syn: gaminess, raciness, ribaldry]
Spiciness Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Spiciness \Spi"ci*ness\, n. The quality or state of being spicy.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Spiciness'


Piquance or piquancy (according to Merriam-Webster) (often referred to as "hotness", "pungence", "raciness", "spiciness", or the condition of something being "spicy hot") is a type of pungence specific to the sense of taste. The (originally French) word piquant is cognate with the Spanish and Portuguese word picante, which carries the same meaning. In Asian countries within the sphere of mainly Chinese, Indian and Japanese cultural influence, it has traditionally been considered a sixth basic taste.

Use of the word "piquance" eliminates potential lingual ambiguity arising from overlap in meaning with the words "hot" and "spicy" which usually requires a determination or assumption of meaning based on context.

Instead of "hot" simply referring to temperature, and "spicy" being used to refer to the presence of spices (many of which are not actually piquant), the former two words are often used as synonyms for the latter, a word less commonly employed in reference to the characteristic which in regards to taste it solely defines.

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