beccafico
beccafico [bek΄ə fē′kō]
n.
pl. beccaficosIt < beccare, to peck + fico, a fig
any of several small European songbirds, esp. certain warblers (genus Sylvia), eaten as a delicacy esp. in Italy

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bec·ca·fi·co (bĕk'ə-fēʹkō) n. pl. bec·ca·fi·cos
A small songbird or warbler of various genera, especially the European garden warbler (Sylvia hortensis), that is eaten as a delicacy in Italy and France.
  [Italian : beccare, to peck (from becco, beak, from Latin beccus. See beak) + fico, fig (from Latin fīcus).]

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  • Beccafico — Bec ca*fi co, n.; pl. {Beccaficos}. [It., fr. beccare to peck + fico fig.] (Zo[ o]l.) A small bird. ({Silvia hortensis}), which is highly prized by the Italians for the delicacy of its flesh in the autumn, when it has fed on figs, grapes, etc.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • beccafico — [bek΄ə fē′kō] n. pl. beccaficos [It < beccare, to peck + fico, a fig] any of several small European songbirds, esp. certain warblers (genus Sylvia), eaten as a delicacy esp. in Italy …   English World dictionary

  • beccafico — Figpecker Fig peck er (f[i^]g p[e^]k [ e]r), n. (Zo[ o]l.) The European garden warbler ({Sylvia hortensis} or {Currica, hortensis}); called also {beccafico} and {greater pettychaps}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • beccafico — bec·ca·fì·co s.m. TS ornit.com. piccolo uccello del genere Silvia (Sylvia borin o Sylvia simplex) con piumaggio bigio, apprezzato per le carni Sinonimi: bigia, pappafico. {{line}} {{/line}} DATA: av. 1484. ETIMO: comp. di becca e 1fico …   Dizionario italiano

  • beccafico — {{hw}}{{beccafico}}{{/hw}}s. m.  (pl. chi ) Uccello canoro, bigio, simile alla capinera ma privo di calotta nera sul capo; si nutre di frutta …   Enciclopedia di italiano

  • beccafico — pl.m. beccafichi …   Dizionario dei sinonimi e contrari

  • beccafico — bec·ca·fi·co …   English syllables

  • beccafico — /bɛkəˈfikoʊ/ (say bekuh feekoh) noun (plural beccaficos) any of several small European birds, especially the garden warbler, Sylvia hortensis, esteemed as a delicacy in Italy. {Italian: becca(re) peck + fico fig} …   Australian English dictionary

  • beccafico —   n. European songbird, considered a table delicacy, especially in Italy …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • beccafico — ˌbekəˈfē(ˌ)kō noun (plural beccaficos or beccaficoes) Etymology: Italian, from beccare to peck (from becco beak, from Latin beccus) + fico fig, from Latin ficus more at …   Useful english dictionary

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