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- n. a naval battle in the Mediterranean Sea off Cape Passero in which the Spanish navy was destroyed by France and England while attempting to recover Sicily and Sardinia from Italy (1719)
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There was also music of another kind coming from a passero solitario (the blue rock thrush) who was hanging in a cage in a doorway.
Here too I heard, or thought I heard, the song of that most beautiful of all bird songsters, the passero solitario, or solitary sparrow-if it is a sparrow, which I should doubt.
Nobody knows what a bird can do in the way of song until he has heard a passero solitario.
Be this, however, as it may, none of these please me so much as the passero solitario.
The suffix is often diminutive. auc, a gander. aucat, gosling. passero, sparrow. passerat, small sparrow. ” au, ” alo.
Catullus’s Lesbia, whose immortal passer Butler felt sure was also a passero solitario, she had the misfortune to lose her pet.