- an Old World bunting, Emberiza hortulana, esteemed as a table delicacy.
- the bobolink.
Origin of ortolan
Examples from the Web for ortolan
Historical Examples of ortolan
In the house they must be treated in the same manner as the ortolan.The Natural History of Cage Birds
J. M. Bechstein
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
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
- 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