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nounEnglish Regional, East Anglian
1The blue tit, Parus caeruleus.
2The seeds or fruit of the common mallow, Malva sylvestris. Compare "cheese".
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Robert Forby (1759–1825), philologist. From pick- + cheese. With sense 1 compare quot. 1999 at sense 1.
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