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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various birds of the family Corvidae found worldwide, having a long graduated tail and black, blue, or green plumage with white markings and noted for their chattering call. The species Pica pica, the black-billed magpie, is widespread in the Northern Hemisphere. Also called pie2.
  • n. Any of various birds resembling the magpie, such as the Australian bell magpie of the family Cracticidae.
  • n. A person who chatters.
  • n. One who compulsively collects or hoards small objects.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One of several kinds of bird in the family Corvidae, especially Pica pica.
  • n. A superficially similar Australian bird, Gymnorhina tibicen.
  • n. Someone who displays a magpie-like quality such as collecting, or committing robbery.
  • n. Fan or member of Newcastle United F.C.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any one of numerous species of the genus Pica and related genera, allied to the jays, but having a long graduated tail.
  • n. Any one of several black-and-white birds, such as Gymnorhina tibicen, not belonging to the genus Pica.
  • n. A talkative person; a chatterbox.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A well-known bird of Europe, Asia, and America, of the genus Pica and family Corvidœ; the Pica pica, P. rustica, P. caudata, or P. hudsonica.
  • n. The magpie-shrike.
  • n. A halfpenny.
  • n. A bishop: so called from the black and white of his robes.
  • n. Among British marksmen, a shot striking that division of the target which is next to the outermost when the target is divided into four sections: so called because the markers indicate this hit by means of a black and white disk.
  • n. A breed of small domesticated pigeons having the head, the under side of the body, and the long flight-feathers white, and the rest of the plumage clear black, red, yellow, or blue: the line between the two colors should be sharply defined. The name is derived from the suggestion of a magpie found in the black-and-white variety.
  • n. A black-and-white costume for women in which the contrasts are very marked, the masses of color being large.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. long-tailed black-and-white crow that utters a raucous chattering call
  • n. someone who collects things that have been discarded by others
  • n. an obnoxious and foolish and loquacious talker

Etymologies

Mag, a name used in proverbs about chatterers (a nickname for Margaret) + pie2.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Mag, a nickname for Margaret that was used to denote a chatterer, and pie, an archaic word meaning "magpie", from Old French pie, from Latin pica, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)peik- (“woodpecker, magpie”). (Wiktionary)

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  • A pie made from a recipe taken directly from a magazine.

    December 4, 2008