Meaning of pica


Pronunciation: (pī'ku), [key]
— n. Print.
  1. a 12-point type of a size between small pica and English.
  2. the depth of this type size as a unit of linear measurement for type, pages containing type, etc.; one sixth of an inch.
  3. a 12-point type, widely used for typewriters, having 10 characters to the inch. Cf.(def. 4).


Pronunciation: (pī'ku), [key]
— n. Pathol.
  1. an abnormal appetite or craving for substances that are not fit to eat, as chalk or clay, common in malnutrition, pregnancy, etc.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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