The reading-matter is compressed into two hundred and five small-pica lines, and is lighted up with eight pica headlines.
The mother, whose name was pica, may have been of Provenal or French blood.
Replaced in California west of the Sierras by pica nuttalli.
Phaeton only smiled, and went on distributing type into his case of pica.
It was based on the pica size most extensively in use in this country.
The smallest size for practical use is 48-point, or 4-line pica.
The pica then produced was an improvement in the style of Bodoni, and quickly raised the foundry to its old position.
However, she says it is only pica who is going up for it this time.
It was a folio, pro patria size, in pica, with long-primer notes.
No,” says pica, “from all such pomps and vanities as style, she will be quite clear.
"size of type of about six lines to the inch" (12 point), 1580s, probably from pica, name of a book of rules in Church of England for determining holy days (late 15c. in Anglo-Latin), probably from Latin pica "magpie" (see pie (n.2)); the book so called perhaps from the color and the "pied" look of the old type on close-printed pages. The type size was that generally used to print ordinals.
"pathological craving for substance unfit for food" (such as chalk), 1560s, from Medieval Latin pica "magpie" (see pie (n.2)), probably translating Greek kissa, kitta "magpie, jay," also "false appetite." The connecting notion may be the birds' indiscriminate feeding.
pica pi·ca (pī'kə)
An abnormal craving or appetite for nonfood substances, such as dirt, paint, or clay.