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Definitions of pica

  1. a linear unit (1/6 inch) used in printing Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. magpies Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. eating earth or clay or chalk; occurs in some primitive tribes or sometimes in cases of nutritional deficiency Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. A vitiated appetite that craves what is unfit for food, as chalk, ashes, coal, etc.; chthonophagia. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. A service-book. See Pie. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. A size of type next larger than small pica, and smaller than English. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. A printing type, used as a standard of measurement by printers. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  8. Print. A size of type six lines to the inch in depth of body; 12 - point. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. The magpie; a depraved form of appetite, so called from the presumed habits of the magpie, in which there is a craving for substances unfit for food, such as sand, chalk, clay, coal, &c. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  10. A large printing-type; a directory for devotional services. See Pie. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  11. The magpie; in med., a depraved appetite; a printing-type of a size formerly used in printing the pie or service-book-so called from the appearance of the red or party-coloured initial and other letters so numerously interspersed among the black letter. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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