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pica

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In love, as in gluttony, pleasure is a matter of the utmost precision.
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Etymology 1

From Latin pīca, “magpie”, “jay” (from the idea that magpies will eat almost anything)

Noun

pica

  1. A vitiated appetite that craves what is unfit for food, as chalk, ashes, coal, etc.; chthonophagia.

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Nearly all children pass through a phase of normal mental development in which they experience pica; some adults with severe mental retardation never develop beyond this phase, and experience pica throughout their lives.

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Noun

Singular
pica

Plural
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  1. A unit of print size in typography equivalent to about one sixth of an inch or 1 / 6 of an inch, or about 4.233 millimetres; equal to 12 points.
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Bosnian

Noun

pica f. sg. (pl.: pice)

  1. pizza

Catalan

Noun

pica

  1. bowl

Latin

Noun

pica f. (plural picae)

  1. magpie, jay

Serbian

Noun

pica f. sg. (pl.: pice)

  1. pizza

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Slovene

Pronunciation

  • IPA: ['pi.ʦə]

Noun

pica f.

  1. pizza

Spanish

Verb

pica (infinitive: picar)

  1. Informal second-person singular (“tú”) 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.

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