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See also: Magpie
magpie (plural magpies)
- One of several kinds of bird in the family Corvidae, especially Pica pica.
- A superficially similar Australian bird, Gymnorhina tibicen or Cracticus tibicen.
- (figurative) Someone who displays a magpie-like quality such as hoarding or stealing objects.
- (slang) A fan or member of Newcastle United F.C.
- (military, firearms) The third circle on a target, between the inner and outer.
- (UK, slang, obsolete) A halfpenny.
terms derived from magpie
- magpie goose
- magpie moth
- magpie tanager
- Murray magpie
- Australian magpie Cracticus tibicen or Gymnorhina tibicen
- black magpie (Platysmurus leucopterus)
- oriental magpie
- green magpie (Cissa)
- blue magpie (Urocissa)
- holarctic magpie
bird of genus Pica
Australian bird, Gymnorhina tibicen
- (transitive) To mark with patches of black and white or light and dark.
- Synonym: mottle
- 1979, Jack S. Scott, chapter 6, in A Clutch of Vipers,, New York: Harper & Row, page 76:
- […] young Inspector Cruse arrived at the Dun Cow, entering through a door tricked out as Tudor and set into a façade magpied with white paint and nailed-on beams […]
- (transitive, intransitive) To steal or hoard (items) as magpies are believed to do.
- 1924, Ford Madox Ford, Some Do Not ..., Part 2, Chapter 1:
- […] she liked to be able to have a picturesque fact or two with which to support herself when she too, to hold attention, wanted to issue moving statements as to revolutions, anarchies and strife in the offing. And she had noticed that when she magpied Tietjens’ conversations more serious men in responsible positions were apt to argue with her and to pay her more attention than before....
- 2012, Alice Hart, Friends at My Table, London: Quadrille, page 175:
- I have magpied from here and there, borrowing influences from Morocco, Greece, Italy and my notebooks to end up with a handful of easy little dishes that complement each other.
- (intransitive) To talk idly; to talk about other people's private business.