One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A short beard trimmed to a point; a peaked or Vandyke beard.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in William Harrison (1535–1593), historian and topographer. Origin uncertain; apparently from an unattested Middle French *pique devant or *piqué devant, respectively from pique or *piqué provided with a pike or spade + devant in front.
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