(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.]
(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
(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.Shak.
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,
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?Shak.
He picks clean teeth, and, busy as he seemsCowper.
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.