American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A printer's unit of type size, equal to 12 points or about 1/6 of an inch.
- n. An equivalent unit of composition measurement used in determining the dimensions of lines, illustrations, or printed pages.
- n. A type size for typewriters, providing ten characters to the inch.
- n. An abnormal craving or appetite for nonfood substances, such as dirt, paint, or clay.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of oscine passerine birds of the family Corvidæ and sub-family Garrulinæ, having an extremely long graduated tail, the nostrils covered with antrorse plumules, and the plumage iridescent black and white; the magpies. The common magpie of Europe is P. rustica, P. caudata, or P. pica. That of America is commonly called
P. hudsonica, but it is scarcely a distinct species. The yellow-billed magpie of California is P. nuttalli. See cut under magpie.
- n. [lowercase] A bird of the genus Pica; a pie; a magpie.
- n. In medicine, a vitiated craving for what is unfit for food, as chalk, ashes, or coal.
- n. Eccles., same as ordinal, 2 .
- n. An alphabetical catalogue of names and things in rolls and records.
- n. A size of printing-type, about 6 lines to the inch, intermediate between the sizes English (larger) and small-pica (smaller). It is equal to 12 points in the new system of sizes. (See
point, 14 .) The sizes of type respectively called 2-, 3-, 4-, 5-, and 6-line pica have bodies that are equal to 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 lines of pica. Leads are described by their numerical relation to the pica body, as 6-to-pica or 10-to-pica, according as 6 or 10 set together make a line of pica.
- n. A vitiated appetite that craves what is unfit for food, as chalk, ashes, coal, etc.; chthonophagia.
- n. Archaic form of pika. (small rodent)
- n. typography, uncountable A size of type.
- n. typography, countable A unit of measure equivalent to 12 points.
- n. obsolete A Roman Catholic service book; a type of ecclesiastical calendar book.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) The genus that includes the magpies.
- n. (Med.) A vitiated appetite that craves what is unfit for food, as chalk, ashes, coal, etc.; chthonophagia.
- n. (R. C. Ch.), obsolete A service-book. See Pie.
- n. (Print.) A size of type next larger than small pica, and smaller than English.
- n. a linear unit (1/6 inch) used in printing
- n. an eating disorder, frequent in children, in which non-nutritional objects are eaten persistently
- n. magpies.
- The printing senses are probably from named the obsolete service book, which used this type size (compare canon and brevier) . In turn seemingly from Latin pīca ("magpie"), after the piebald appearance of the typeset page (compare pie ("disordered type")). (Wiktionary)
- Probably from Medieval Latin pīca, list of church services (perhaps from the typeface used to print it).New Latin pīca, from Latin, magpie (from its omnivorous nature). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“That's because, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word "pie" - defined as a baked dish topped with and sometimes also surrounded by pastry - may well derive from the Latin word pica, meaning magpie.”
“The new message is sent to the Bot class to create a new robot and associate with it the name pica := is for assignment”
“Children who are iron deficient will eat dirt, a condition known as pica, in an attempt to get what their body needs.”
“UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: They had a disorder called pica, where they ate things that aren ` t food, like chalk, dirt, batteries, things like that.”
“If you have it, you are going to see these symptoms -- weakness and fatigue, shortness of breath, headaches, difficulty concentrating, irritability, dizziness, ringing in the ears, and something known as pica -- this is a very interesting phenomenon, Paula.”
“The twelfth part of a pica is the unit, called a _point_, by which type bodies are measured.”
“The habit of dirt eating or clay-eating, called pica, is well authenticated in many countries.”
“Some patients have a condition called pica, thought to be caused by a nutritional deficiency, where they ingest rocks, clay, or dirt.”
“Occasionally, when dogs and cats are severely ill, they display a behavior called pica, where they eat unusual items.”
“It is now called pica after the magpies, or Picae, whose diet includes everything eaten by anything or anyone.”
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