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1pica

noun pi·ca \ˈpī-kə\

Definition of PICA

:  an abnormal desire to eat substances (as chalk or ashes) not normally eaten

Origin of PICA

New Latin, from Latin, magpie — more at pie
First Known Use: 1563

Rhymes with PICA

2pica

noun

Definition of PICA

1
:  12-point type
2
:  a unit of about 16 inch used in measuring typographic material
3
:  a typewriter type providing 10 characters to the linear inch and six lines to the vertical inch

Origin of PICA

probably from Medieval Latin, collection of church rules
First Known Use: 1588

pica

noun pi·ca \ˈpī-kə\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of PICA

:  an abnormal craving for and eating of substances (as chalk, ashes, or bones) not normally eaten that occurs in nutritional deficiency states (as aphosphorosis) in humans or animals or in some forms of mental illness—compare geophagy

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