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Definition of PICA

3 definitions found:

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

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

     Syn: allotriophagy.
          [1913 Webster]

     3. (R. C. Ch.) A service-book. See {Pie}. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

     4. (Print.) A size of type next larger than small pica, and smaller than English. [1913 Webster]

     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. [1913 Webster]

     {Small pica} (Print.), a size of type next larger than long primer, and smaller than pica. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

allotriophagy \al`lo*tri*oph"a*gy\
     ([a^]l`l[-o]*tr[i^]*[o^]f"[.a]*j[y^]), n. [Gr. 'allo`trios strange + fagei^n to eat: cf. F. allotriophagie.] (Med.) A depraved appetite; a desire for strange or nonnutritious food, such as clay or starch. Called also {pica}. --AS [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

57 Moby Thesaurus words for "pica":
     analgesia, anesthesia, anxiety equivalent, ascender, back, bastard type, beard, belly, bevel, black letter, body, cap, capital, case, counter, depraved appetite, descender, em, en, face, fat-faced type, feet, font, groove, italic, letter, ligature, logotype, lower case, majuscule, minuscule, neurasthenia, nick, paresthesia, parorexia, pi, point, print, roman, sans serif, script, shank, shoulder, small cap, small capital, speech abnormality, stamp, stem, type, type body, type class, type lice, typecase, typeface, typefounders, typefoundry, upper case

Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]

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