<zoology> A European singing bird (Emberiza hortulana), about the size of the lark, with black wings. It is esteemed delicious food when fattened.

Synonyms: bunting.

In England, the wheatear (Saxicola oenanthe).

In America, the sora, or Carolina rail (Porzana Carolina). See Sora.

Origin: 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.

(01 Mar 1998)

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