ortolan definition by Webster's New World
Origin: French ; from ProvenÃ§al ; from Italian ortolana, gardener, ortolan ; from Classical Latin hortulanus, diminutive of hortus, a garden (see yard): from its frequenting gardens
ortolan definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A small brownish Old World bunting (Emberiza hortulana) eaten as a delicacy.
- Any of several New World birds, such as the bobolink and the sora.
Origin: French, from Provençal, gardener, ortolan, from Latin hortulānus, from hortulus, diminutive of hortus, garden; see gher-1 in Indo-European roots.