I. noun Etymology: Occitan picaioun, a small coin, from picaio money, from pica to jingle, of imitative origin Date: 1804 1. a. a Spanish half real piece formerly current in the South b. half dime 2. something trivial II. adjective Date: 1836 of little value ; paltry; also petty, small-mindedpicayunish adjective

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  • picayune — ☆ picayune [pik′ə yo͞on΄, pik΄ə yo͞on′ ] n. [Fr picaillon, small coin, halfpenny < Prov picaioun < picaio, money, prob. < pica, to ring, jingle, strike < VL * piccare: see PICADOR] 1. a coin of small value, as a former Spanish half… …   English World dictionary

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  • Picayune — Original name in latin Picayune Name in other language PCU State code US Continent/City America/Chicago longitude 30.52547 latitude 89.67951 altitude 21 Population 10878 Date 2011 05 14 …   Cities with a population over 1000 database

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