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

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


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