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ortolan

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Etymology

From Middle French hortolan (gardener), from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] hortulānus (gardener).

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA: /ˈɔːtələn/

Noun

Singular
ortolan

Plural
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  1. A small European migratory bunting, Emberiza hortulana, once eaten as a delicacy.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, Tom Jones, Folio Society 1973, p. 224:
      this taught him to consider Sophia as a most delicious morsel, indeed to regard her with the same desires which an ortolan inspires into the soul of an epicure.
  2. (US) Any of various similar birds, especially the bobolink, sora, or snow bunting.

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