AskDefine | Define piquancy

Dictionary Definition

piquancy n : a tart spiciness [syn: nip, piquance, tang, tanginess, zest]

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  1. The degree to which something is piquant, stimulating or exciting.


degree to which something is piquant

Extensive Definition

Pungency is a sharp and biting sensory impression. Regarding chili peppers, it refers to a scientific equivalent of the Scoville scale of measuring spicyness.


The pungent feeling caused by allyl isothiocyanate, capsaicin, piperine, and allicin is caused by activation of the heat and acidity sensing TRPC ion channel TRPC1 on pain sensing nociceptors.
piquancy in Spanish: Picante
piquancy in Japanese: 辛味
piquancy in Chinese: 辣
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