ItalianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Vulgar Latin *piccus.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈpik.ka/
  • Rhymes: -ikka
  • Hyphenation: pìc‧ca

NounEdit

picca f (plural picche)

  1. pike
  2. pique, obstinancy, stubbornness, animosity
  3. (in the plural) spades (suit of playing cards)

LatinEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

Possibly from Vulgar Latin *pīccō (to strike, sting), possible borrowing from Frankish *pikkōn (to peck, strike). Alternatively from Frankish *pīk (compare Dutch pik (pick, pickaxe)), or from pīcus (woodpecker).

NounEdit

pīcca f (genitive pīccae); first declension

  1. pickaxe, pike

DeclensionEdit

First-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative pīcca pīccae
Genitive pīccae pīccārum
Dative pīccae pīccīs
Accusative pīccam pīccās
Ablative pīccā pīccīs
Vocative pīcca pīccae

DescendantsEdit


SicilianEdit

EtymologyEdit

Uncertain, maybe from the root *peh₂w- (few, small).

Most likely from Vulgar Latin picca, from earlier *piccus, borrowed from Proto-Celtic *bikkos (small, little). Eventually influenced by dissimilation by paucus (few, little). Cognate with Sicilian pìcciulu, Italian piccolo, Spanish pequeño, Sicilian picciriḍḍu, Romanian pic. Compare also French petit, English pinch.

PronunciationEdit

AdverbEdit

picca

  1. little, not much
  2. (followed by an adjective) little, not very, poorly