a 12-point type of a size between small pica and English.
the depth of this type size as a unit of linear measurement for type, pages containing type, etc.; one sixth of an inch.
a 12-point type, widely used for typewriters, having 10 characters to the inch.
- Compare elite (def. 4).
Other definitions for pica (2 of 2)
an abnormal appetite or craving for substances that are not fit to eat, as chalk or clay, common in malnutrition, pregnancy, etc.
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How to use pica in a sentence
So in Vincent—'pica loquax'—'pica garrula,' &c.; and in Pliny, lib.Chaucer's Works, Volume 1 (of 7) -- Romaunt of the Rose; Minor Poems | Geoffrey Chaucer
Others will have a craving for some article not proper for food;—this is called pica.
This large hermit-crab, found in Florida and in more southern waters, inhabits the beautiful pearly shell of Livona pica.The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide | Augusta Foote Arnold
Pietro entreated and threatened, pica wept and caressed, but all in vain.Brother Francis | Eileen Douglas
There is a play here on the double meaning of pie, namely a bird (Latin pica), and an article of food.Narcissus | Unknown
British Dictionary definitions for pica (1 of 2)
Also called: em, pica em a printer's unit of measurement, equal to 12 points or 0.166 ins
(formerly) a size of printer's type equal to 12 point
a typewriter type size having 10 characters to the inch
British Dictionary definitions for pica (2 of 2)
pathol an abnormal craving to ingest substances such as clay, dirt, or hair, sometimes occurring during pregnancy, in persons with chlorosis, etc
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