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emberizine

[ em-buh-rahy-zin, -zahyn ]
/ ˌɛm bəˈraɪ zɪn, -zaɪn /
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adjective

belonging or pertaining to the subfamily Emberizinae, comprising the buntings, New World sparrows, and related birds.

noun

an emberizine bird.

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Origin of emberizine

First recorded in 1900–05; from New Latin Emberizinae, equivalent to Emberiz(a) the bunting genus, from dialectal German, from Old High German amarzo, amirzo, pet names or diminutives of amaro (becoming German Ammer “bunting”), short for amarofogal (unattested), literally, “emmer-bird”; see origin at emmer, yellowhammer,-inae
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