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pica

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noun pi·ca \ˈpī-kə\

Definition of pica

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

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Origin and Etymology of pica

New Latin, from Latin, magpie — more at pie


First Known Use: 1563


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pica

noun pi·ca

Definition of pica

  1. 1 :  12-point type

  2. 2 :  a unit of about 16 inch used in measuring typographic material

  3. 3 :  a typewriter type providing 10 characters to the linear inch and six lines to the vertical inch

Origin and Etymology of pica

probably from Medieval Latin, collection of church rules


First Known Use: 1588


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pica

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noun pi·ca \ˈpī-kə\

Medical Definition of pica

  1. :  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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