pica

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English[edit]

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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]

From Medieval Latin pica ‎(pica: a service book), possibly from Latin pīca ‎(magpie) after the piebald appearance of the typeset page (cf. pie, "disordered type"). The relation to the printer's measure is unclear, as no edition of the text in pica type is known. The French pica derives from English rather than vice versa.[1]

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Noun[edit]

pica ‎(countable and uncountable, plural picas)

  1. (typography, printing, uncountable) A size of type between small pica and English, standardized as 12-point.
  2. (typography, uncountable, usually with qualifier) A font of this size.
  3. (typography, countable) A unit of length equivalent to 12 points, officially 3583 cm (0.166 in) after 1886 but now (computing) 16 in.
  4. (uncommon, ecclesiastical) A pie or directory: the book directing Roman Catholic observance of saints' days and other feasts under various calendars.
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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. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Oxford English Dictionary, 3rd ed. "pica, n.1" & "pica, n.2". Oxford University Press (Oxford), 2006.

Catalan[edit]

Noun[edit]

pica f ‎(plural piques)

  1. bowl
  2. sink

Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Indo-European *(s)peyk- ‎(woodpecker; magpie).

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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

Portuguese[edit]

Noun[edit]

pica f (plural picas)

  1. (slang) dick; prick; penis
  2. (Portugal) jab (medical injection)

Verb[edit]

pica

  1. third-person singular (ele and ela, also used with você and others) present indicative of picar
  2. second-person singular (tu) affirmative imperative of picar

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).

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

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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

Noun[edit]

pȉca f (Cyrillic spelling пи̏ца)

  1. pizza
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Slovene[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Italian pizza.

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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.