pica

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See also: Pica, piča, and píča

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Latin pīca (magpie, jay) (from the idea that magpies will eat almost anything).

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Noun[edit]

pica (usually uncountable, plural picas)

  1. (medicine) A disorder characterized by craving and appetite for non-edible substances, such as ice, clay, chalk, dirt, or sand.
    • 1986, George S Baroff, Mental retardation: nature, cause, and management:
      The three most common nonfood picas were eating of strings and rags; feces, vomit, and urine; and paper, cigarettes, and soil.
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Etymology 2[edit]

The printing senses are probably from named the obsolete service book, which used this type size (compare canon and brevier) [1]. In turn seemingly from Latin pīca (magpie), after the piebald appearance of the typeset page (compare pie (disordered type)).

Noun[edit]

pica (countable and uncountable, plural picas)

  1. (typography, uncountable) A size of type.
  2. (typography, countable) A unit of measure equivalent to 12 points.
    1. The traditional British and American pica, about 4.22 mm, or 0.166 in (close to 1/6 of an inch).
    2. The PostScript pica, 1/6 of an inch.
  3. (obsolete) A Roman Catholic service book; a type of ecclesiastical calendar book.
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Etymology 3[edit]

Noun[edit]

pica (plural picas)

  1. Archaic form of pika. (small rodent)
    • 1895, Richard Lydekker, The Royal Natural History (volume 3, page 190)
      Most travellers in the Himalaya are familiar with the pretty little Rodents, known as picas, tailless hares, or mouse-hares, which may be seen in the higher regions []

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  1. ^ Type Foundry blog: Type bodies compared

Catalan[edit]

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pica f (plural piques)

  1. bowl
  2. sink

Latin[edit]

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Noun[edit]

pīca f (genitive pīcae); first declension

  1. magpie

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First declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative pīca pīcae
genitive pīcae pīcārum
dative pīcae pīcīs
accusative pīcam pīcās
ablative pīcā pīcīs
vocative pīca pīcae

Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From pic. Compare also Aromanian chicu, chicare.

Verb[edit]

a pica (third-person singular present pică, past participle picat1st conj.

  1. (of a liquid) to drip
  2. (literally and figuratively) to fall
  3. to fail
  4. to come unexpectedly

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Serbo-Croatian[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Hypocoristic form derived from pízda (cunt).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /pǐːtsa/
  • Hyphenation: pi‧ca

Noun[edit]

píca f (Cyrillic spelling пи́ца)

  1. (vulgar, hypocoristic) cunt, pussy
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Italian pizza.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /pîtsa/
  • Hyphenation: pi‧ca

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pȉca f (Cyrillic spelling пи̏ца)

  1. pizza
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Slovene[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Italian pizza.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈpìːtsa/, /ˈpíːtsa/
  • Tonal: píca, pȋca

Noun[edit]

píca f (genitive píce, nominative plural píce)

  1. pizza

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Spanish[edit]

Noun[edit]

pica f (plural picas)

  1. pike, lance
  2. pick (digging tool)
  3. (card games) spade

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pica

  1. Informal second-person singular () affirmative imperative form of picar.
  2. Formal second-person singular (usted) present indicative form of picar.
  3. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present indicative form of picar.