magpie: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (mag'pī"), [key]
— n.
  1. either of two corvine birds, Pica picaof Eurasia and North America, or P. nuttalliof California, having long, graduated tails, black-and-white plumage, and noisy, mischievous habits.
  2. any of several related corvine birds.
  3. any of several black-and-white birds not related to the true magpies, as Gymnorhina tibicen, of Australia.
  4. an incessantly talkative person; noisy chatterer; chatterbox.
  5. a person who collects or hoards things, esp. indiscriminately.
  6. a black-and-white cow or steer, as a Holstein.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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