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 for piquant
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Piquant \Pi"quant\, a. [F., p. pr. of piquer to prick or sting.
     See Pike.]
     Stimulating to the taste; giving zest; tart; sharp; pungent;
     as, a piquant anecdote. "As piquant to the tongue as salt."
     --Addison. "Piquant railleries." --Gov. of Tongue.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: having an agreeably pungent taste [syn: piquant,
             savory, savoury, spicy, zesty]
      2: engagingly stimulating or provocative; "a piquant wit";
         "salty language" [syn: piquant, salty]
      3: attracting or delighting; "an engaging frankness"; "a piquant
         face with large appealing eyes" [syn: engaging, piquant]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  147 Moby Thesaurus words for "piquant":
     acerbic, acid, acrid, agitating, alluring, appealing, appetizing,
     asperous, astringent, attractive, beguiling, bewitching, biting,
     bitter, blandishing, breathtaking, cajoling, captivating, catching,
     caustic, challenging, charged, charismatic, charming,
     cliff-hanging, coaxing, come-hither, coquettish, cutting,
     disquieting, distracting, disturbing, electric, enchanting,
     encouraging, energizing, engaging, enravishing, enthralling,
     enticing, entrancing, escharotic, exciting, exhilarating, exotic,
     fascinating, fetching, flirtatious, galvanic, galvanizing,
     glamorous, harsh, heady, heart-expanding, heart-stirring,
     heart-swelling, heart-thrilling, hypnotic, impressive,
     inflammatory, interesting, intoxicating, intriguing, inviting,
     irresistible, irritating, jarring, jolting, juicy, keen, lively,
     maddening, mesmeric, mind-blowing, mordant, mouth-watering, moving,
     nose-tickling, overcoming, overmastering, overpowering,
     overwhelming, penetrating, peppery, peppy, perturbing, piercing,
     poignant, prepossessing, prompting, provocative, provoking,
     provoquant, pungent, racy, ravishing, readable, rich, rough,
     rousing, seducing, seductive, severe, sharp, siren, sirenic,
     snappy, soul-stirring, sour, sparkling, spellbinding, spellful,
     spicy, spirit-stirring, spirited, stimulant, stimulating,
     stimulative, stinging, stirring, striking, succulent, suspenseful,
     suspensive, taking, tantalizing, teasing, telling, tempting,
     thought-challenging, thought-inspiring, thought-provoking,
     thrilling, thrilly, tickling, titillating, titillative, trenchant,
     troubling, unsettling, upsetting, vitriolic, vivacious, winning,
     winsome, witching, zesty

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