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Saturday, October 08, 2011

Definitions for pica

  1. An abnormal appetite or craving for substances that are not fit to eat.
  2. A 12-point type of a size between small pica and English.
  3. A brown-speckled European lark, Alauda arvensis, famed for its melodious song.

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Citations for pica
I wonder if it could be...if it could be pica, ice pica? I wonder whether his ice chewing could be a manifestation of a subconscious drive to chew ice due to...what? Daniel Jenner, Decisions of Love
There is a pica or false appetite in many intelligences; they take to odd fancies in place of wholesome truth, as girls gnaw at chalk and charcoal. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Medical Essays
Origin of pica
Pica is from the Middle Latin meaning "magpie," probably translating Greek kissa, "magpie, jay," also "false appetite."