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mag·pie

 (măg′pī′)
n.
1. Any of various birds of the family Corvidae having a long tail and black, blue, or green plumage with white markings, and noted for their chattering call, especially Pica hudsonia, of western North America, and P. pica, of Eurasia and Africa. Also called pie2.
2. Any of various birds that resemble the magpie.
3. A person who chatters.
4. One who compulsively collects or hoards small objects.

[Mag, a name used in proverbs about chatterers (a nickname for Margaret) + pie.]

magpie

(ˈmæɡˌpaɪ)
n
1. (Animals) any of various passerine birds of the genus Pica, esp P. pica, having a black-and-white plumage, long tail, and a chattering call: family Corvidae (crows, etc)
2. (Animals) any of various similar birds of the Australian family Cracticidae. See also butcherbird2
3. (Animals) any of various other similar or related birds
4. (Breeds) (often capital) a variety of domestic fancy pigeon typically having black-and-white markings
5. Brit a person who hoards small objects
6. a person who chatters
7. (Archery)
a. the outmost ring but one on a target
b. a shot that hits this ring
[C17: from Mag diminutive of Margaret, used to signify a chatterbox + pie2]

mag•pie

(ˈmægˌpaɪ)

n.
1. any of various birds of the genus Pica, of the jay family, having long, graduated tails, black-and-white plumage, and noisy habits.
2. an incessantly talkative person.
3. a person who collects or hoards things.
[1595–1605; Mag hypocoristic of Margaret (compare late Middle English magge(s) tales tall tales, nonsense) + pie2]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.magpie - long-tailed black-and-white crow that utters a raucous chattering callmagpie - long-tailed black-and-white crow that utters a raucous chattering call
corvine bird - birds of the crow family
genus Pica, Pica - magpies
European magpie, Pica pica - a common magpie of Eurasia
American magpie, Pica pica hudsonia - a magpie of Rocky Mountains in North America
2.magpie - someone who collects things that have been discarded by othersmagpie - someone who collects things that have been discarded by others
hoarder - a person who accumulates things and hides them away for future use
3.magpie - an obnoxious and foolish and loquacious talkermagpie - an obnoxious and foolish and loquacious talker
speaker, talker, verbaliser, verbalizer, utterer - someone who expresses in language; someone who talks (especially someone who delivers a public speech or someone especially garrulous); "the speaker at commencement"; "an utterer of useful maxims"
Translations
عَقْعَقُعَقعَق: طَيْر من فَصيلَة الغُرابِيّات
сврака
straka
skadehusskade
harakka
svraka
szarka
skjór
カササギ
까치
pica
šarka
žagata
coţofană
straka
sraka
сврака
skata
นกกางเขน
сорока
chim ác là

magpie

[ˈmægpaɪ] Nurraca f, marica f

magpie

[ˈmægpaɪ] n (= bird) → pie f

magpie

nElster f

magpie

[ˈmægˌpaɪ] ngazza

magpie

(ˈmӕgpai) noun
a black-and-white bird of the crow family, known for its habit of collecting shiny objects.

magpie

عَقْعَقُ straka husskade Elster κίσσα urraca harakka pie svraka gazza ladra カササギ 까치 ekster skjære sroka pega сорока skata นกกางเขน saksağan chim ác là 喜鹊
References in classic literature ?
Her friends repeated the pleasing phrase enthusiastically, and for several minutes she stood, like a jackdaw in the fable, enjoying her borrowed plumes, while the rest chattered like a party of magpies.
Nor does this inability arise from want of organs: for we observe that magpies and parrots can utter words like ourselves, and are yet unable to speak as we do, that is, so as to show that they understand what they say; in place of which men born deaf and dumb, and thus not less, but rather more than the brutes, destitute of the organs which others use in speaking, are in the habit of spontaneously inventing certain signs by which they discover their thoughts to those who, being usually in their company, have leisure to learn their language.
On the land were large flights of magpies and American robins; whole fleets of ducks and geese navigated the river, or flew off in long streaming files at the approach of the canoes; while the frequent establishments of the painstaking and quiet-loving beaver showed that the solitude of these waters was rarely disturbed, even by the all-pervading savage.
When you can look round a roomful of people and think that each one is a mere child in intellect compared with yourself you feel no more shy of them than you would of a select company of magpies or orang-outangs.
Pie" in this case refers to magpies, the prey for the falcons.
In their habits they well supply the place of our carrion-crows, magpies, and ravens; a tribe of birds widely distributed over the rest of the world, but entirely absent in South America.
All the pilgrims and the manager were then congregated on the awning-deck about the pilot-house, chattering at each other like a flock of excited magpies, and there was a scandalized murmur at my heartless promptitude.
It was full of cracks from top to bottom; and out of the openings magpies and rooks were flying; and the great bull-dogs, each of which looked as if he could swallow a man, jumped up, but they did not bark, for that was forbidden.
The few neighbours of the Squire's own rank every now and then would shrug their shoulders as they drove or rode by a party of boys with Tom in the middle, carrying along bulrushes or whispering reeds, or great bundles of cowslip and meadow-sweet, or young starlings or magpies, or other spoil of wood, brook, or meadow; and Lawyer Red-tape might mutter to Squire Straight-back at the Board that no good would come of the young Browns, if they were let run wild with all the dirty village boys, whom the best farmers' sons even would not play with.
The abode of Mrs Betty Higden was not easy to find, lying in such complicated back settlements of muddy Brentford that they left their equipage at the sign of the Three Magpies, and went in search of it on foot.
He might as well have provided them for a squirrel or a magpie.
Then there was the sleigh ride, during which she found her tongue and chattered like any magpie, and so ended that glorious Christmas Day; and many and many a night thereafter did Rebecca go to sleep with the precious coral chain under her pillow, one hand always upon it to be certain that it was safe.