pica


pica
pica1
/puy"keuh/, n. Print.
1. a 12-point type of a size between small pica and English.
2. the depth of this type size as a unit of linear measurement for type, pages containing type, etc.; one sixth of an inch.
3. a 12-point type, widely used for typewriters, having 10 characters to the inch. Cf. elite (def. 4).
[1580-90; appar. < ML pica PIE4, on the model of BREVIER, CANON1 (def. 14)]
pica2
/puy"keuh/, n. Pathol.
an abnormal appetite or craving for substances that are not fit to eat, as chalk or clay, common in malnutrition, pregnancy, etc.
[1555-65; < NL, special use of L pica jay, MAGPIE, with ref. to its omnivorous feeding]

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