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1. A native or inhabitant of Picardy.
2. The Romance language traditionally spoken in Picardy and adjacent parts of Belgium, descended from the Langue d'oïl and closely related to French.
[Middle English, from Old French, perhaps from pic, pick, pickaxe (from the notion held by people in other parts of France that Picards were mostly farmers who worked their fields with pickaxes).]
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(Biography) Jean (ʒɑ̃). 1620–82, French astronomer. He was the first to make a precise measurement of a longitude line, enabling him to estimate the earth's radius
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Jean (zhä n), 1620–82, French astronomer.
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