an Old World bunting (Emberiza hortulana) prized as a choice food
Origin of ortolanFrench ; from ProvenÃ§al ; from Italian ortolana, gardener, ortolan ; from Classical Latin hortulanus, diminutive of hortus, a garden (see yard): from its frequenting gardens
- A small brownish bunting (Emberiza hortulana) of Eurasia and Africa, eaten as a delicacy.
- Any of several American birds, such as the bobolink and the sora.
Origin of ortolanFrench, from Provençal, gardener, ortolan, from Latin hortulānus, from hortulus, diminutive of hortus, garden; see gher-1 in Indo-European roots.