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pickle

noun uk   /ˈpɪk.l̩/ us  
[C or U] vegetables or fruit that have been preserved in a vinegar sauce or salty water: cheese and pickle sandwiches Have some pickles with your salad. [C] US a cucumber that has been preserved in vinegar or salty water, or slices of this: a sweet/sour pickle

pickle

verb [T] uk   /ˈpɪk.l̩/ us  
to preserve vegetables or fruit in a vinegar sauce or salty water: The onions had been pickled in brine.
pickling
adjective [before noun] uk   /-l̩.ɪŋ/ /-lɪŋ/ us  
pickling onions (= small onions of a type that are kept in vinegar) pickling spices (= used to give extra flavour to preserved vegetables)
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