magpie

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English[edit]

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The North American black-billed magpie, Pica hudsonia.
The Australian magpie, Gymnorhina tibicen.

Etymology[edit]

From Mag, a nickname for Margaret that was used to denote a chatterer, and pie, an archaic word meaning "magpie", from Old French pie, from Latin pica, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)peyk- (woodpecker, magpie).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈmæɡˌpaɪ/
  • Hyphenation: mag‧pie

Noun[edit]

magpie (plural magpies)

  1. One of several kinds of bird in the family Corvidae, especially Pica pica.
  2. A superficially similar Australian bird, Gymnorhina tibicen.
  3. Someone who displays a magpie-like quality such as collecting, or committing robbery.
  4. (slang) Fan or member of Newcastle United F.C.

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