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Meaning of MAGPIE

Pronunciation:  'mag`pI

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  long-tailed black-and-white bird that utters a chattering call
  2. [n]  someone who collects things that have been discarded by others

MAGPIE is a 6 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: pack rat, scavenger
 See Also: American magpie, corvine bird, European magpie, genus Pica, hoarder, Pica, Pica pica, Pica pica hudsonia



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Mag"pie\, n. [OE. & Prov. E. magot pie, maggoty pie, fr.
Mag, Maggot, equiv. to Margaret, and fr. F. Marquerite, and
common name of the magpie. Marguerite is fr. L. margarita
pearl, Gr. ?, prob. of Eastern origin. See {Pie} magpie, and
cf. the analogous names {Tomtit}, and {Jackdaw}.] (Zo["o]l.)
Any one of numerous species of the genus {Pica} and related
genera, allied to the jays, but having a long graduated tail.

Note: The common European magpie ({Pica pica}, or {P.
      caudata}) is a black and white noisy and mischievous
      bird. It can be taught to speak. The American magpie
      ({P. Hudsonica}) is very similar. The yellow-belled
      magpie ({P. Nuttalli}) inhabits California. The blue
      magpie ({Cyanopolius Cooki}) inhabits Spain. Other
      allied species are found in Asia. The Tasmanian and
      Australian magpies are crow shrikes, as the white
      magpie ({Gymnorhina organicum}), the black magpie
      ({Strepera fuliginosa}), and the Australian magpie
      ({Cracticus picatus}).

{Magpie lark} (Zo["o]l.), a common Australian bird ({Grallina
   picata}), conspicuously marked with black and white; --
   called also {little magpie}.

{Magpie moth} (Zo["o]l.), a black and white European
   geometrid moth ({Abraxas grossulariata}); the harlequin
   moth. Its larva feeds on currant and gooseberry bushes.

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing a magpie in your dream means dissatisfaction and disagreements and that you need to be careful of what you say and do. Seeing a dead magpie in your dream, symbolizes that malicious rumors will lead to the downfall of another.
Thesaurus Terms
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