a small songbird, especially the European garden warbler, Silvia hortensis, eaten as a delicacy in France and the Mediterranean region.
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
There is Malvoisia sack,” said the man in black, “and partridge, and beccafico.
Lavengro George Borrow
beccafico, a European bird (Sylvia hortensis), the garden-warbler.
The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 3 Various
She had just finished a beccafico, and seemed disposed for conversation.
Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece John Addington Symonds
noun (pl) -cos
any of various European songbirds, esp warblers of the genus Sylvia, eaten as a delicacy in Italy and other countries
noun Cesare Bonesana (ˈtʃɛzare bɔnɛˈzɑːna), Marchese de. 1738–94, Italian legal theorist and political economist; author of the influential treatise Crimes and Punishments (1764), which attacked corruption, torture, and capital punishment Historical Examples He next studied physics and ethics—the former under the celebrated beccaria, but not a single definition remained in his head. The International Monthly, […]
a white sauce, sometimes seasoned with onion and nutmeg. Contemporary Examples Throw all the ingredients for bechamel in at once and 10 minutes later you have perfectly velvety sauce. The 2012 Holiday Kitchen Gift Guide Megan McArdle December 12, 2012 Historical Examples “It’s the bechamel sauce on it that you like, I suspect,” said Bettina. […]
a white sauce, sometimes seasoned with onion and nutmeg. n. 1796, from French béchamel, named for Louis XIV’s steward, Louis de Béchamel, marquis de Nointel (1630-1703), who perfected it. Gamillscheg identifies him as a great gourmet of the time (“eines bekannten Feinschmeckers des 17. Jhdts.”).
a city in W Algeria. noun a city in NW Algeria: an oasis. Pop: 149 000 (2005 est) Former name Colomb-Béchar