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      n  
1      (Also called)    em, pica em   a printer's unit of measurement, equal to 12 points or 0.166 ins  
2    (formerly) a size of printer's type equal to 12 point  
3    a typewriter type size having 10 characters to the inch  
     (C15: from Anglo-Latin pica list of ecclesiastical regulations, apparently from Latin pica magpie, with reference to its habit of making collections of miscellaneous items; the connection between the original sense (ecclesiastical list) and the typography meanings is obscure)  
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pica          [2]  
      n     (Pathol)   an abnormal craving to ingest substances such as clay, dirt, or hair, sometimes occurring during pregnancy, in persons with chlorosis, etc.  
     (C16: from medical Latin, from Latin: magpie, being an allusion to its omnivorous feeding habits)  

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pica em, small pica, pic, plica

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