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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. The genus that includes the magpies. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. A vitiated appetite that craves what is unfit for food, as chalk, ashes, coal, etc.; chthonophagia. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. A service-book. See Pie. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. A size of type next larger than small pica, and smaller than English. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. The persistent eating of nonnutritive substances for a period of at least one month. (DSM-IV) Medical Dictionary DB
  9. A depraved appetite, a longing for substances not fit for food, such as slate pencils, wood, and the like. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  10. A printing type, used as a standard of measurement by printers. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. p[=i]'ka, n. a size of type smaller than English and larger than Small pica, equal to 12 points in the new system of sizes, about 6 lines to the inch, used by printers as a standard unit of measurement for thickness and length of leads, rules, borders, &c.--as 6-to-pica or 10-to-pica, according as 6 or 10 leads set together make a line of pica.--DOUBLE PICA, a size equal to 2 lines of small pica; DOUBLE SMALL PICA, a size of type giving about 3-1/3 lines to the inch; SMALL PICA, a size smaller than pica and larger than long-primer, about 11 points; TWO-LINE PICA, a size of about 3 lines to the inch, equal to 2 lines of pica, or to 24 points. [Pie (2).] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  16. p[=i]'ka, n. a magpie. [Pie.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  17. Malacia-p. Africanorum, Chthonophagia. Medical Lexicon. A Dictionary of Medical Science
  18. Size of TYPE. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  19. Craving for unnatural articles as food. American pocket medical dictionary.
  20. An appetite or craving for unusual, unwholesome, even disgusting substances for food. [Lat.] Appleton's medical dictionary.
  21. [L.] (Med.) Morbid depraved appetite for things unfit for food. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  22. A kind of type, as- Young (from its being used to print the pye (Pie) or table of daily services in the old Roman servicebook). Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  23. n. [Latin] The magpie;—a depraved or unnatural appetite, as in pregnancy;—a table or directory for devotional services;—a kind of type next in size above long primer. Cabinet Dictionary

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