magpie

[ mag-pahy ]
/ ˈmægˌpaɪ /

noun

either of two corvine birds, Pica pica (black-billed magpie), of Eurasia and North America, or P. nuttalli (yellow-billed magpie), of California, having long, graduated tails, black-and-white plumage, and noisy, mischievous habits.
any of several related corvine birds.
any of several black-and-white birds not related to the true magpies, as Gymnorhina tibicen, of Australia.
an incessantly talkative person; noisy chatterer; chatterbox.
a person who collects or hoards things, especially indiscriminately.
Western U.S. a black-and-white cow or steer, as a Holstein.

Origin of magpie

1595–1605; Mag Margaret + pie2
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magpie

/ (ˈmæɡˌpaɪ) /

noun


Word Origin for magpie

C17: from Mag diminutive of Margaret, used to signify a chatterbox + pie ²
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