beccafico

[bek-uh-fee-koh]
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noun

a small songbird, especially the European garden warbler, Silvia hortensis, eaten as a delicacy in France and the Mediterranean region.

Nearby words

  1. becalm,
  2. becalmed,
  3. became,
  4. becard,
  5. because,
  6. beccaria,
  7. bechamel,
  8. bechance,
  9. becharm,
  10. bechet

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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British Dictionary definitions for beccafico

beccafico

noun plural -cos

any of various European songbirds, esp warblers of the genus Sylvia, eaten as a delicacy in Italy and other countries

Word Origin for beccafico

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

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