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[ bek-uh-fee-koh ]
/ ˌbɛk əˈfi koʊ /


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

Nearby words

becalm, becalmed, became, becard, because, beccafico, beccaria, bechamel, bechance, becharm, bechet

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

Examples from the Web for beccafico

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

    The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 3|Various
  • 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
  • She had just finished a beccafico, and seemed disposed for conversation.

British Dictionary definitions for beccafico


/ (ˌbɛkəˈfiːkəʊ) /

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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