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 pétillant; pétillance    [pay-tee-YAWN]

A French wine-tasting term meaning "slightly sparkling," referring to wines with light effervescence. Pétillance is the noun form. The Italian equivalent of pétillant is frizzante; the German is spritzig.

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THE FOOD LOVER'S COMPANION, 2nd edition, by Sharon Tyler Herbst.

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