ItalianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Vulgar Latin *piccus.

PronunciationEdit

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 Latin paucus, from Proto-Italic *paukos, ultimately from the Proto-Indo-European *peh₂w- (few”, “little). Compare Sicilian pìcciulu and Italian piccolo; also Sicilian picciriḍḍu.

PronunciationEdit

AdverbEdit

picca

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