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noun
Pica  n.  
1.
(Zool.) The genus that includes the magpies.
2.
(Med.) A vitiated appetite that craves what is unfit for food, such as clay, chalk, ashes, coal, etc.; chthonophagia.
Synonyms: allotriophagy.
3.
(R. C. Ch.) A service-book. See Pie. (Obs.)
4.
(Print.) A size of type next larger than small pica, and smaller than English. Note: This line is printed in pica Note: Pica is twice the size of nonpareil, and is used as a standard of measurement in casting leads, cutting rules, etc., and also as a standard by which to designate several larger kinds of type, as double pica, two-line pica, four-line pica, and the like.
Small pica (Print.), a size of type next larger than long primer, and smaller than pica. Note: This line is printed in small pica






Collaborative International Dictionary of English 0.48








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"Pica" Quotes from Famous Books



... with Mr. Chambers[390], has very good materials for such a work, which I have seen, and will do it at a very low rate[391]. I think the terms of War and Navigation might be comprised, with good explanations, in one 8vo. Pica, which he is willing to do for twelve shillings a sheet, to be made up a guinea at the second impression. If you think on it, I will wait on ...
— Life Of Johnson, Vol. 1 • Boswell, Edited by Birkbeck Hill



Words linked to "Pica" :   point, family Corvidae, nut, geophagy, eating disorder, bird genus, pica em, genus Pica, linear unit, geophagia



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