(Pic"ul) n. [Jav. & Malay pikul, fr. pikul to carry on the back, to carry a burden; n., a man's burden.]
A commercial weight varying in different countries and for different commodities. In Borneo it is 135&frac58
lbs.; in China and Sumatra, 133½ lbs.; in Japan, 133&frac13 lbs.; but sometimes 130 lbs., etc. Called also,
by the Chinese, tan. [Written also pecul, and pecal.]
(Pic"u*let) n. [Dim. of Picus.] (Zoöl.) Any species of very small woodpeckers of the genus
Picumnus and allied genera. Their tail feathers are not stiff and sharp at the tips, as in ordinary woodpeckers.
(||Pi"cus) n.; pl. Pici [L., a woodpecker.] (Zoöl.) A genus of woodpeckers, including some of the
common American and European species.
(Pid"dle) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Piddled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Piddling ] [Cf. dial. Sw. pittla to keep
picking at, Sw. peta to pick.]
1. To deal in trifles; to concern one's self with trivial matters rather than with those that are important.
2. To be squeamishly nice about one's food. Swift.
3. To urinate; child's word.
(Pid"dler) n. One who piddles.
(Pid"dling) a.Trifling; trivial; frivolous; paltry; applied to persons and things.
The ignoble hucksterage of piddling tithes.Milton.
(Pid"dock) n. [Etymol. uncertain.] (Zoöl.) Any species of Pholas; a pholad. See Pholas.
(Pie) n. [OE. pie, pye; cf. Ir. & Gael. pighe pie, also Gael. pige an earthen jar or pot. Cf. Piggin.]
1. An article of food consisting of paste baked with something in it or under it; as, chicken pie; venison
pie; mince pie; apple pie; pumpkin pie.
2. See Camp, n., 5. [Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.
Pie crust, the paste of a pie.
(Pie), n. [F. pie, L. pica; cf. picus woodpecker, pingere to paint; the bird being perhaps named
from its colors. Cf. Pi, Paint, Speight.]
1. (Zoöl.) (a) A magpie. (b) Any other species of the genus Pica, and of several allied genera. [Written
2. (R. C. Ch.) The service book.
3. (Pritn.) Type confusedly mixed. See Pi.
By cock and pie, an adjuration equivalent to "by God and the service book." Shak. Tree pie (Zoöl.),
any Asiatic bird of the genus Dendrocitta, allied to the magpie. Wood pie. (Zoöl.) See French pie,
(Pie), v. t. See Pi.
(Pie"bald`) a. [Pie the party- colored bird + bald.]