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dined on the wing of a lark

Posted by Smokey Stover on June 11, 2006

In Reply to: dined on the wing of a lark posted by ESC on June 10, 2006

: : Seeking the origin of the phrase my father used after having a delicious meal.."I have dined on the wing of a lark." Thanks for any information. marya

: Don't have the origin. But it sounds like the meaning is dining on a delicacy -- 2. something pleasing to eat that is considered rare or luxurious -- considered caviar a delicacy.
: 3a the quality or state of being dainty... (Merriam-Webster)

And then there is that bit in Gulliver's Travels.
Jonathan Swift. Gulliver's Travels - Part II: A VOYAGE TO ...:
"No Person dined with the Queen but the two Princesses Royal, the elder sixteen ... She would craunch the Wing of a Lark, Bones and all, between her Teeth, ..."