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beccafico Syllabification: bec·ca·fi·co
Pronunciation: /ˌbekəˈfēkō/

Entry from US English dictionary

Definition of beccafico in English:

noun (plural beccaficos)

A European songbird, especially a warbler, eaten as a delicacy.
Example sentences
  • The dish is named for the beccafico, a bird that eats ripe figs and is therefore considered a gourmand.
  • In the 15th and 16th centuries, Venetian literature mentions the beccaficos, literally translated as the fig-pecker.
  • The birds must be taken alive; once captured they are either blinded or kept in a lightless box for a month to gorge on millet, grapes, and figs, a technique apparently taken from the decadent cooks of Imperial Rome who called the birds beccafico, or ‘fig-pecker’.



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