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  • Milton's accentuation of the word "Cambuscan", on the penult; it's properly accented on the ultimate. beccaccia: woodcock. the Duomo's fit ally: "There is, as far as I know, only one Gothic building in Europe, the Duomo of Florence, in which the ornament is so exquisitely finished as to enable us to imagine what might have been the effect of the perfect workmanship of the Renaissance, coming out of the hands of men like Verocchio and Ghiberti, had it been employed on the magnificent framework of Gothic structure."

    An Introduction to the Study of Robert Browning's Poetry Hiram Corson 1869


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  • The European woodcock.

    December 22, 2007

  • There's also a bird known as beccaccia di mare which is a pied oystercatcher and is of a different genus although the beak does look similar. It's analogous to what happens with mountain lion where the animal is not a lion at all but the folk term is nonetheless valid.

    December 22, 2007