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Pica   /pˈaɪkə/   Listen
Pica

noun
1.
An eating disorder, frequent in children, in which non-nutritional objects are eaten persistently.
2.
A linear unit (1/6 inch) used in printing.  Synonyms: em, pica em.
3.
Magpies.  Synonym: genus Pica.



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"Pica" Quotes from Famous Books



... she added, "sotto voce," with a complacent nod, "I suppose the music we were giving is beyond the masses, but if you could once hear Madame Skaronni render it in our choir at the Church of the (something that sounded like 'pica-ninny,' as by Mrs. Chints pronounced) you would wish for no other. Will you play, ...
— A Face Illumined • E. P. Roe

... brown leather, detached, S plates, antique letterpress long primer, author's footnotes nonpareil, marginal clues brevier, captions small pica). ...
— Ulysses • James Joyce

... undated, but probably appeared before the end of the year. It bore Wright's name and address as stationer, and the initials and device of George Eld as printer. It was a quarto printed in roman type of a body similar to modern pica (20 ll. 83 mm.). Of this original issue copies survive in the Dyce Library at South Kensington and in the collection of the Duke of Devonshire. In other copies the original title-leaf has been cancelled and replaced by a reprint. This, which is dated 1607, bears the names of both stationers, and ...
— The Tragedy Of Caesar's Revenge • Anonymous

... &c. 558[engraving]; the press &c. (publication) 531; composition. print, letterpress, text; context, note, page, column. typography; stereotype, electrotype, aprotype[obs3]; type, black letter, font, fount; pi, pie; capitals &c. (letters) 561; brevier[obs3], bourgeois, pica &c. boldface, capitals, caps., catchword; composing-frame, composing room, composing rule, composing stand, composing stick; italics, justification, linotype, live matter, logotype; lower case, upper case; make-up, matrix, matter, monotype[obs3], point system: 4-1/2, 5, 5-1/2, 6, 7, 8 point, ...
— Roget's Thesaurus

... the astonished Colline, and this anxiety will be understood when it is explained that the philosopher had never yet had the honor of appearing in print, and that he was consumed by the desire of seeing what effect would be produced by his prose in pica. To procure himself this gratification he had already expended six francs in visiting all the reading rooms of Paris without being able to find "The Beaver" in any one of them. Not being able to stand it any longer, Colline swore to himself that he would not take a moment's rest until he had laid ...
— Bohemians of the Latin Quarter • Henry Murger

... side, with blithe impartiality. At times, though, the strained analogy between ballots and bullets evidently cracked, and rather floored the editor. For instance, in a pot-pourri of long primer and pica with a dash of Old English lower-case ...
— The Missourian • Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle



Words linked to "Pica" :   inch, eating disorder, point, in, Corvidae, nut, linear unit, genus Pica, pica-pica, en, geophagia, geophagy, linear measure, Pica pica hudsonia, magpie, family Corvidae, pica em, bird genus



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