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Meaning of ORTOLAN

Pronunciation:  'owrtulun

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  brownish Old World bunting often eaten as a delicacy

ORTOLAN is a 7 letter word that starts with O.


 Synonyms: Emberiza hortulana, ortolan bunting
 See Also: bunting, Emberiza, genus Emberiza



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Or"to*lan\, n. [F., fr. It. ortolano ortolan, gardener,
fr. L. hortulanus gardener, fr. hortulus, dim. of hortus
garden. So called because it frequents the hedges of gardens.
See {Yard} an inclosure, and cf. {Hortulan}.] (Zo["o]l.)
(a) A European singing bird ({Emberiza hortulana}), about the
    size of the lark, with black wings. It is esteemed
    delicious food when fattened. Called also {bunting}.
(b) In England, the wheatear ({Saxicola [oe]nanthe}).
(c) In America, the sora, or Carolina rail ({Porzana
    Carolina}). See {Sora}.