Origin: Fr from ProvenÃ§al from Italian ortolana, gardener, ortolan from Classical Latin hortulanus, diminutive of hortus, a garden (see yard): from its frequenting gardens
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- 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.