Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various small songbirds that are eaten as a delicacy in Italy and France.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An old and disused name of sundry small European birds, chiefly of the family Sylviidæ, or warblers, which peck figs, or were supposed to do so.
  • noun In extended use One of sundry small American birds, as some of those formerly included in a genus Ficedula.
  • noun The European golden oriole, Oriolus galbula.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) 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.

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  • noun A small bird, Silvia hortensis, the figpecker.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Italian : beccare, to peck (from becco, beak, from Latin beccus; see beak) + fico, fig (from Latin fīcus).]

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Italian

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