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Pie

pie

1. (Science: zoology) A magpie. Any other species of the genus pica, and of several allied genera.

Alternative forms: pye.

2. The service book.

3. Type confusedly mixed. See pi. By cock and pie, an adjuration equivalent to by god and the service book. .

(Science: zoology) tree pie See french pie, under French.

Origin: F. Pie, L. Pica; cf. Picus woodpecker, pingere to paint; the bird being perhaps named from its colours. Cf. Pi, Paint, Speight.


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