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
There is a small bird called the ortolan, which is highly esteemed by the Italian gourmands.
Consider late French President François Mitterrand, who enjoyed a very special delicacy: a small songbird called the ortolan, drowned in Armagnac, then flambéed and eaten whole.
One was a kind of thrush, the other a small dove called the ortolan, and esteemed a very great delicacy on account of its exquisite flavour.
Also brought to mind is the French practice of eating the ortolan, which is an endangered French song bird.
The ortolan is a copper-breasted bird that migrates from Africa to Europe.
"ortolan" -- is also found in the same markets with the canvas-back.
"The team deserve all the praise they get," said L'ortolan's owner Peter Newman, who was first awarded the status in 2002.
[Footnote: The ortolan is a very small bird, which is fattened in lamp lighted rooms at great expense, because it is found to be of a more delicate flavor when excluded from the daylight.
It was at the Oratoire that he earned the rudimentary elements of cookery and the rhythm of the seasons: trout, wild mushrooms and snails in the spring; melons, apricots and crayfish in the summer; hares, pheasants and ortolan in the autumn; ducks, geese and rabbit in the winter.
Several days before he died in 1996, the terminally ill French President Francois Mitterrand gathered with friends at his home and enjoyed his legendary "last supper" by devouring an illegal delicacy: ortolan.