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pica

Noun

1 a linear unit (1/6 inch) used in printing [syn: em, pica em]
2 magpies [syn: genus Pica]
3 eating earth or clay or chalk; occurs in some primitive tribes or sometimes in cases of nutritional deficiency [syn: geophagy, geophagia]

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English

Pronunciation

  • , /ˈpaɪkə/, "paIk@/
  • Rhymes with: -aɪkə

Etymology 1

From Latin pīca, “magpie”, “jay” (from the idea that magpies will eat almost anything)

Noun

pica
  1. A vitiated appetite that craves what is unfit for food, as chalk, ashes, coal, etc.; chthonophagia.

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Usage notes

Nearly all children pass through a phase of normal mental development in which they experience pica; some adults with severe mental retardation never develop beyond this phase, and experience pica throughout their lives.

Etymology 2

Noun

  1. A unit of print size in typography equivalent to about one sixth of an inch or 1 / 6 of an inch, or about 4.233 millimetres; equal to 12 points.
Derived terms
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Bosnian

Noun

pica s (p: pice)

Catalan

Noun

pica

Latin

Noun

pica (plural picae)

Serbian

Noun

pica s (p: pice)

Cyrillic spelling

Slovene

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. pizza

Extensive Definition

Pica may refer to:

See also

  • PICA, for abbreviations
pica in German: Pica
pica in Spanish: Pica
pica in French: Pica
pica in Italian: Pica
pica in Dutch: Pica
pica in Turkish: Pica

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

analgesia, anesthesia, anxiety equivalent, ascender, back, bastard type, beard, belly, bevel, black letter, body, cap, capital, case, counter, depraved appetite, descender, em, en, face, fat-faced type, feet, font, groove, italic, letter, ligature, logotype, lower case, majuscule, minuscule, neurasthenia, nick, paresthesia, parorexia, pi, point, print, roman, sans serif, script, shank, shoulder, small cap, small capital, speech abnormality, stamp, stem, type, type body, type class, type lice, typecase, typeface, typefounders, typefoundry, upper case
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