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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 pi·ca /ˈpaɪkə/

From: Taiwan MOE computer dictionary


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Pi·ca n.
 1. Zool. The genus that includes the magpies.
 2. Med. A vitiated appetite that craves what is unfit for food, such as clay, chalk, ashes, coal, etc.; chthonophagia.
 Syn: -- allotriophagy.
 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

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: a linear unit (1/6 inch) used in printing [syn: em, pica
      2: magpies [syn: genus Pica]
      3: eating earth or clay or chalk; occurs in some primitive
         tribes or sometimes in cases of nutritional deficiency
         [syn: geophagy, geophagia]