from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small brownish Old World bunting (Emberiza hortulana) eaten as a delicacy.
- n. Any of several New World birds, such as the bobolink and the sora.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A small European migratory bunting, Emberiza hortulana, once eaten whole as a delicacy.
- n. Any of various similar birds, especially the bobolink, sora, or snow bunting.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. In England, the wheatear (Saxicola œnanthe).
- n. In America, the sora, or Carolina rail (Porzana Carolina). See sora.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A gardener.
- n. The garden-bunting, Emberiza hortulana, a small granivorous conirostral bird of the family Fringillidæ, inhabiting parts of Europe and Africa, highly esteemed as a table delicacy.
- n. Some small bird like or likened to or mistaken for the ortolan.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. brownish Old World bunting often eaten as a delicacy
French, from Provençal, gardener, ortolan, from Latin hortulānus, from hortulus, diminutive of hortus, garden.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French hortolan ("gardener"), from Latin hortulānus ("gardener"). (Wiktionary)