EnglishShow more Etymology unknown; the Italian bajocco ‘brown’ entered English in the 16th century as byock or baiock, meaning ‘a small Italian copper coin’, but any relationship with this word seems unlikely.
1896R. WallaceFarming Indust. of Cape Col. 235Dark Femina, 5s. and 10s. per lb. higher. Byocks steady...‘Byock’, said to be a corruption of a foreign word for black and white, denotes the parti-coloured feathers from the wing of the male; only a few are found on each bird.
1909J.E. Duerden inAgric. Jrnl of Cape of G.H.XXXIV. 523Towards each extremity of the wing in the cock, the white wing quills pass gradually into the black feathers, and four or five feathers at each end are a parti-colour of black and white. They are generally very attractive plumes, and are known as fancies or byocks, and classed as long and short.
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