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Meaning of PICA

Pronunciation:  'pIku

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  eating earth or clay or chalk; occurs in some primitive tribes or sometimes in cases of nutritional deficiency
  2. [n]  magpies
  3. [n]  a linear unit (1/6 inch) used in printing

PICA is a 4 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: em, genus Pica, geophagia, geophagy, pica em
 See Also: bird genus, Corvidae, eating, en, family Corvidae, feeding, in, inch, linear unit, magpie, nut, point



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Pi"ca\, n. [L. pica a pie, magpie; in sense 3 prob. named
from some resemblance to the colors of the magpie. Cf. {Pie}
1. (Zo["o]l.) The genus that includes the magpies.

2. (Med.) A vitiated appetite that craves what is unfit for
   food, as chalk, ashes, coal, etc.; chthonophagia.

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

Medical Dictionary
 Definition: An uncommon urge to eat non-food items such as laundry starch, dirt, baking powder or frost from the freezer.
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