ortolan

[awr-tl-uh n]
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noun

an Old World bunting, Emberiza hortulana, esteemed as a table delicacy.
the bobolink.

Nearby words

  1. orthotropism,
  2. orthotropous,
  3. orthros,
  4. ortler,
  5. ortles,
  6. orton,
  7. orton, joe,
  8. orts,
  9. orumiyeh,
  10. oruro

Origin of ortolan

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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British Dictionary definitions for ortolan

ortolan

noun

Also called: ortolan bunting a brownish Old World bunting, Emberiza hortulana, regarded as a delicacy
any of various other small birds eaten as delicacies, esp the bobolink

Word Origin for ortolan

C17: via French from Latin hortulānus, from hortulus, diminutive of hortus garden

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