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Definition: Cyanopolius Cooki
, n. [OE. & Prov. E. magot pie, maggoty pie, fr.
Mag, Maggot, equiv. to Margaret, and fr. F. Marquerite, and
common name of the magpie. Marguerite is fr. L. margarita
pearl, Gr. ?, prob. of Eastern origin. See Pie
cf. the analogous names Tomtit
, and Jackdaw
Any one of numerous species of the genus Pica
genera, allied to the jays, but having a long graduated tail.
2. Any one of several black-and-white birds, such as
, not belonging to the genus Pica
Note: The common European magpie (Pica pica
, or Pica caudata
) is a black and white noisy and mischievous
bird. It can be taught to speak. The American magpie
) is very similar. The yellow-belled
magpie (Pica Nuttalli
) inhabits California. The blue
magpie (Cyanopolius Cooki
) inhabits Spain. Other
allied species are found in Asia. The Tasmanian and
Australian magpies are crow shrikes, as the white
magpie (Gymnorhina organicum
), the black magpie
), and the Australian magpie
3. A talkative person; a chatterbox.
(Zo["o]l.), a common Australian bird (Grallina picata
), conspicuously marked with black and white; --
called also little magpie
(Zo["o]l.), a black and white European
geometrid moth (Abraxas grossulariata
); the harlequin
moth. Its larva feeds on currant and gooseberry bushes.