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ortolan

[awr-tl-uh n] /ˈɔr tl ən/
noun
1.
an Old World bunting, Emberiza hortulana, esteemed as a table delicacy.
2.
the bobolink.
Origin of ortolan
1520-1530
1520-30; < French < Provençal: literally, gardener (i.e., frequenting gardens) < Latin hortulānus, equivalent to hortul(us) little garden (hort(us) garden + -ulus -ule) + -ānus -an
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  • In the house they must be treated in the same manner as the ortolan.

  • The ortolan is not famed for its song, which is, however, soft and sweet.

  • There is, however, some consolation for the rarity of the ortolan in England.

  • The reed-bird—in the West Indies called “ortolan”—is also found in the same markets with the canvas-back.

    The Hunters' Feast Mayne Reid
  • ortolan (endorsed by Labbé) argues (work cited, p. 31) that populus plebsque no more implies separation than senatus populusque.

    The Evolution of States J. M. Robertson
  • The cage of the young bird was near that of an ortolan, a European bird noted as a singer, and a common cage-bird.

    The Children's Book of Birds Olive Thorne Miller
  • Its food is rather nasty—water-slugs and the like,—but it is itself as fat as an ortolan, "almost melts in the hand."

    Love's Meinie John Ruskin
  • But the youngster paid no attention to him, and kept up his ortolan notes.

    The Children's Book of Birds Olive Thorne Miller
  • Farther, he would give Monsieur an ortolan in a vine leaf, and a dish of stewed sorrel.

    Richelieu, v. 1/3 G. P. R. James
  • The ortolan Bunting, Emberiza hortulana, and some others, are fattened for the table in 191 five or six days.

    Reptiles and Birds Louis Figuier
British Dictionary definitions for ortolan

ortolan

/ˈɔːtələn/
noun
1.
Also called ortolan bunting. a brownish Old World bunting, Emberiza hortulana, regarded as a delicacy
2.
any of various other small birds eaten as delicacies, esp the bobolink
Word Origin
C17: via French from Latin hortulānus, from hortulus, diminutive of hortus garden
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