Pica Definition

pīkə
picas
noun
picas
A size of type, 12 point.
Webster's New World
The height of this type, about16 inch.
Webster's New World
An equivalent unit of composition measurement used in determining the dimensions of lines, illustrations, or printed pages.
American Heritage
A size of type for typewriters, measuring 10 characters to the linear inch.
Webster's New World
An abnormal craving to eat substances not fit for food, as clay or paint.
Webster's New World
Synonyms:
  • pica em
  • em
  • genus Pica
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Wiktionary
pronoun

A taxonomic genus within the family Corvidae "” the magpies.

Wiktionary

Other Word Forms of Pica

Noun

Singular:
pica
Plural:
picas

Origin of Pica

  • The printing senses are probably from named the obsolete service book, which used this type size (compare canon and brevier) . In turn seemingly from Latin pÄ«ca (“magpie"), after the piebald appearance of the typeset page (compare pie (“disordered type")).

    From Wiktionary

  • Probably from Medieval Latin pīca list of church services (perhaps from the typeface used to print it)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin pÄ«ca (“magpie, jay") (from the idea that magpies will eat almost anything).

    From Wiktionary

  • New Latin pīca from Latin magpie (from its omnivorous nature)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin pica (“magpie").

    From Wiktionary

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