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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 ?
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.
I brought the last here - and you gathered them, as a magpie gathers silver spoons, for the mere love of stealing
In effect, we presently heard him uttering suppressed groans of the most dismal nature, as this magpie proceeding racked him in every joint; but while Peggotty's eyes were full of compassion for him, she said his generous impulse would do him good, and it was better not to check it.
Some of the birds hurried off at once: one old Magpie began wrapping itself up very carefully, remarking, `I really must be getting home; the night-air doesn't suit my throat
I think I should feel QUITE well if he only felt my pulse," said Duchess, backing away from the magpie, who sidled up with something in his beak.
A few spare locks of black hair mixed with white, like the wing of a magpie, escaped from the colonel's cap, while handsome brown curls adorned the brow of the statesman.
The king, however, who sought distraction, while traveling as fast as possible--for he was anxious to be in Paris by the twenty-third--stopped from time to time to fly the magpie, a pastime for which the taste had been formerly inspired in him by De Luynes, and for which he had always preserved a great predilection.
but just as he was beginning to build up the house that he had been making the foundations for, through many a year--you jade of a magpie, jackdaw, and poll-parrot, what do you mean
At this the host smiled slyly, as though saying to himself the rustic saw, "Teach a magpie to suck eggs.
There was then a very long pause, which threatened to be final, when, mercifully, a bird about the size of a magpie, but of a metallic blue colour, appeared on the section of the terrace that could be seen from where they sat.
Fanny chatted like a magpie, and Maud fidgeted, till Tom proposed to put her under the big dish-cover, which produced such an explosion, that the young lady was borne screaming away, by the much-enduring Katy.