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a. A printer's unit of type size, equal to 12 points or about 1/6 of an inch.
b. An equivalent unit of composition measurement used in determining the dimensions of lines, illustrations, or printed pages.
2. A type size for typewriters, providing ten characters to the inch.
[Probably from Medieval Latin pīca, list of church services (perhaps from the typeface used to print it).]
A psychiatric disorder characterized by the compulsive eating of nonfood substances, such as soil, clay, ice, or hair.
[New Latin pīca, from Latin, magpie (from its omnivorous nature).]
1. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) Also called: em or pica em a printer's unit of measurement, equal to 12 points or 0.166 ins
2. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) (formerly) a size of printer's type equal to 12 point
3. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) a typewriter type size having 10 characters to the inch
[C15: from Anglo-Latin pīca list of ecclesiastical regulations, apparently from Latin pīca magpie, with reference to its habit of making collections of miscellaneous items; the connection between the original sense (ecclesiastical list) and the typography meanings is obscure]
(Pathology) pathol an abnormal craving to ingest substances such as clay, dirt, or hair, sometimes occurring during pregnancy, in persons with chlorosis, etc
[C16: from medical Latin, from Latin: magpie, being an allusion to its omnivorous feeding habits]
n., pl. -cas.
1. a 12-point type of a size between small pica and English.
2. the depth of this type size as a unit of linear measurement for type, pages containing type, etc.; one sixth of an inch.
3. a 12-point type, widely used for typewriters, having 10 characters to the inch. Compare elite (def. 4).
[1580–90; appar. < Medieval Latin pīca collection of church rules, literally, pie2, on the model of other type sizes, as brevier and canon, orig. used in printing liturgical books]
an abnormal appetite or craving for substances that are not fit to eat, as chalk or clay.
[1555–65; < New Latin, figurative use of Latin pīca jay, magpie, with ref. to its omnivorous feeding]
A unit of length, used by printers, approximately equal to 1⁄6 in.
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|Noun||1.||pica - an eating disorder, frequent in children, in which non-nutritional objects are eaten persistently|
geophagia, geophagy - eating earth, clay, chalk; occurs in some primitive tribes, sometimes in cases of nutritional deficiency or obsessive behavior
eating disorder - a disorder of the normal eating routine
|2.||pica - a linear unit (1/6 inch) used in printing|
point - a linear unit used to measure the size of type; approximately 1/72 inch
|3.||Pica - magpies|
bird genus - a genus of birds
magpie - long-tailed black-and-white crow that utters a raucous chattering call