(Pi"cene) n. [See Piceous.] (Chem.) A hydrocarbon (CH) extracted from the pitchy residue of coal tar and petroleum as a bluish fluorescent crystalline substance.

(Pic"e*ous) a. [L. piceus, fr. pix, picis, pitch.] Of or pertaining to pitch; resembling pitch in color or quality; pitchy.

(Pi"chey) n. [Native name.] (Zoöl.) A Brazilian armadillo (Dasypus minutus); the little armadillo. [Written also pichiy.]

(||Pi`chi*ci*a"go) n. [Native name.] (Zoöl.) A small, burrowing, South American edentate allied to the armadillos. The shell is attached only along the back. [Written also pichyciego.]

Pichurim bean
(Pich"u*rim bean`) (Bot.) The seed of a Brazilian lauraceous tree (Nectandra Puchury) of a taste and smell between those of nutmeg and of sassafras, — sometimes used medicinally. Called also sassafras nut.

(||Pi"ci) n. pl. [NL., fr. L. picus a woodpecker.] (Zoöl.) A division of birds including the woodpeckers and wrynecks.

(Pi"ci*form) a. (Zoöl.) Of or pertaining to Piciformes.

(||Pic`i*for"mes) n. pl. [NL. See Picus, and -Form.] (Zoöl.) A group of birds including the woodpeckers, toucans, barbets, colies, kingfishes, hornbills, and some other related groups.

(Pi"cine) a. (Zoöl.) Of or pertaining to the woodpeckers or to the Piciformes.

(Pick) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Picked ; p. pr. & vb. n. Picking.] [OE. picken, pikken, to prick, peck; akin to Icel. pikka, Sw. picka, Dan. pikke, D. pikken, G. picken, F. piquer, W. pigo. Cf. Peck, v., Pike, Pitch to throw.]

1. To throw; to pitch. [Obs.]

As high as I could pick my lance.

2. To peck at, as a bird with its beak; to strike at with anything pointed; to act upon with a pointed instrument; to pierce; to prick, as with a pin.

3. To separate or open by means of a sharp point or points; as, to pick matted wool, cotton, oakum, etc.

4. To open (a lock) as by a wire.

5. To pull apart or away, especially with the fingers; to pluck; to gather, as fruit from a tree, flowers from the stalk, feathers from a fowl, etc.

6. To remove something from with a pointed instrument, with the fingers, or with the teeth; as, to pick the teeth; to pick a bone; to pick a goose; to pick a pocket.

Did you pick Master Slender's purse?

He picks clean teeth, and, busy as he seems
With an old tavern quill, is hungry yet.

7. To choose; to select; to separate as choice or desirable; to cull; as, to pick one's company; to pick one's way; — often with out. "One man picked out of ten thousand." Shak.

8. To take up; esp., to gather from here and there; to collect; to bring together; as, to pick rags; — often with up; as, to pick up a ball or stones; to pick up information.

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