Ortolan meaning

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A small brownish bunting (Emberiza hortulana) of Eurasia and Africa, eaten as a delicacy.
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Any of several American birds, such as the bobolink and the sora.
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An Old World bunting (Emberiza hortulana) prized as a choice food.
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A small European migratory bunting, Emberiza hortulana, once eaten whole as a delicacy.
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(US) Any of various similar birds, especially the bobolink, sora, or snow bunting.
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Origin of ortolan

  • French from Provençal gardener, ortolan from Latin hortulānus from hortulus diminutive of hortus garden gher-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French hortolan (“gardener"), from Latin hortulānus (“gardener").

    From Wiktionary