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

Origin of beccafico

1620–25; < Italian: literally, figpecker < beccare “to peck” (< becco “beak” < Latin beccus) + fico “fig” (< Latin ficus)
Also called Orphean warbler. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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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