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Originally appearing in Volume V21, Page 575 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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PICA, the Latin name of a genus of oscine passerine birds, the magpies. The Latin word, by interchange of initial p and k, is possibly the Gr. zcto ra (see MAGPIE), and probably the same word as picus, the woodpecker (q.v.). Another derivation would connect both pica and picus with the root pic- of pingere, to sympathies, and his general culture and charm, would have ensured him a high position even without his marvellously finished technical skill. In 1894 the fiftieth anniversary of his first appearance in London was celebrated by a reception given in honour of him and his lifelong friend Joachim. He retired from public life, owing to a severe illness, in 1897, and until his death at Bergamo on the 19th of July 1901 divided his time between his native town and Cadenabbia. As a composer he attained a wide popularity with some graceful and popular songs; he did excellent work as an editor; and he was an enthusiastic collector and musical antiquary.
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