My Italian word of the day: malaticcia

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I have set myself the challenge of translating ‘Storia di una Capinera’ by Giovanni Verga into English at the rate of a word a day.


The next new word in the text is ‘malaticcia’.

My dictionary gives this as:

malaticcia (agg f) = sickly

malaticcia is the feminine form of the adjective malaticcio


Here is an example:

una donna delicata e malaticcia = A delicate and sickly woman


The story so far

Original Text

 Storia di una capinera

 Avevo visto una povera capinera chiusa in gabbia: era timide, triste, malaticcia


My translation

Story of a blackcap

 I had seen a poor blackcap locked in a cage: it was timid, sad, sickly



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