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A meal eaten in the open air, often in the countryside. Picnics vary from the simple, such sandwiches - to hampers of elaborate food, served on a tablecloth. The term comes from the French "pique-nique".

It became fashionable in Victorian Britain, when each guest would contribute an item of food.

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