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beccafico

[bek-uh-fee-koh]
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noun
  1. a small songbird, especially the European garden warbler, Silvia hortensis, eaten as a delicacy in France and the Mediterranean region.
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Origin of beccafico

1620–25; < Italian: literally, figpecker < beccare “to peck” (< becco “beak” < Latin beccus) + fico “fig” (< Latin ficus)
Also called Orphean warbler.
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Historical Examples

  • There is Malvoisia sack,” said the man in black, “and partridge, and beccafico.

    Lavengro

    George Borrow

  • Beccafico, a European bird (Sylvia hortensis), the garden-warbler.

  • She had just finished a beccafico, and seemed disposed for conversation.

  • The young birds themselves are said to be very delicate food, and not inferior in richness of flavour to the beccafico.

    The History of Sumatra

    William Marsden


British Dictionary definitions for beccafico

beccafico

noun plural -cos
  1. any of various European songbirds, esp warblers of the genus Sylvia, eaten as a delicacy in Italy and other countries
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Word Origin

C17: from Italian, from beccare to peck + fico fig, from Latin fīcus
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