Main definitions of Ancona in English

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Ancona1

proper noun

  • A port on the Adriatic coast of central Italy, capital of Marche region; population 102,047 (2008)

Main definitions of Ancona in English

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Ancona2

noun

  • A chicken of a breed with mottled black and white plumage.

    • ‘The Ancona originated near the city of Ancona, Italy, from early Leghorns and other breeds.’
    • ‘Originally known as Black Leghorns, Anconas have lustrous black feathers, some tipped with white, giving a beautiful mottled appearance.’
    • ‘Anconas are a little heavier than Leghorns and lay good sized white eggs.’
    • ‘As well as individual success for the Ancona, Mr Addison's birds also won a string of prizes at the Staffordshire show in classes for Old English Game bantams, pullets and Weaten hens.’
    • ‘The Ancona's feathers are black, some being tipped white, giving the bird a pretty mottled appearance.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from the place name Ancona(see Ancona).