Pica

Pi"ca

(?), n. [L. pica a pie, magpie; in sense 3 prob. named from some resemblance to the colors of the magpie. Cf. Pie magpie.] 1. (Zol.) The genus that includes the magpies.
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2. (Med.) A vitiated appetite that craves what is unfit for food, as chalk, ashes, coal, etc.; chthonophagia.
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3. (R. C. Ch.) A service-book. See Pie. [Obs.]
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4. (Print.) A size of type next larger than small pica, and smaller than English.
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This line is printed in pica
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Pica is twice the size of nonpareil, and is used as a standard of measurement in casting leads, cutting rules, etc., and also as a standard by which to designate several larger kinds of type, as double pica, two-line pica, four-line pica, and the like.
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Small pica (Print.), a size of type next larger than long primer, and smaller than pica.
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This line is printed in small pica
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Pic`a*dor"

(?), n. [Sp.] A horseman armed with a lance, who in a bullfight receives the first attack of the bull, and excites him by picking him without attempting to kill him.
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