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1. A small brownish bunting (Emberiza hortulana) of Eurasia and Africa, eaten as a delicacy.
2. Any of several American birds, such as the bobolink and the sora.

[French, from Provençal, gardener, ortolan, from Latin hortulānus, from hortulus, diminutive of hortus, garden; see gher- in Indo-European roots.]


1. (Animals) Also called: ortolan bunting a brownish Old World bunting, Emberiza hortulana, regarded as a delicacy
2. (Animals) any of various other small birds eaten as delicacies, esp the bobolink
[C17: via French from Latin hortulānus, from hortulus, diminutive of hortus garden]


(ˈɔr tl ən)

an Old World bunting, Emberiza hortulana, esteemed as a table delicacy.
[1625–60; < French, Middle French < Italian literally, gardener]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ortolan - brownish Old World bunting often eaten as a delicacyortolan - brownish Old World bunting often eaten as a delicacy
bunting - any of numerous seed-eating songbirds of Europe or North America
Emberiza, genus Emberiza - Old World buntings
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With this, he had likewise that distinguishing taste, which serves to direct men in their choice of the object or food of their several appetites; and 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.
This," she remarked, with a little satisfied sigh as she selected an ortolan, "is a very satisfactory place to be carried off to.
Within an hour the guests were seated around a board which creaked under the great pasties and joints of meat, varied by those more dainty dishes in which the French excelled, the spiced ortolan and the truffled beccaficoes.
Together with Dr Stefanie Ortolan, a paediatrician from France, the pair managed to deliver baby Jake after just 30 minutes of pushing, Hemal said.
It's now illegal to eat ortolan, since there aren't that many of them.
Up to 10 Spotted Redshanks and a Great White Egret are at Connah's Quay nature reserve, an Ortolan Bunting and Wryneck were found on Bardsey last Friday.
2002: Habitat use of yellowhammers Emberiza citrinella, ortolan buntings E.
Contract notice: Public contract for the creation of an external metal staircase on a level of the Ortolan gymnasium located at 15-17 rue Saint Mdard 75005 Paris.
For the grape crop, Piva, Botelho, Ortolan, Muller, and Kawakami (2013) obtained a positive increment in leaf area index with the increase in ash doses associated with bovine manure.
de Albuquerque IM, Emmanouilidis A, Ortolan T, Machado CD, Gass R, Trevisan JR, et al.
Batista EO, Macedo GG, Sala RV, Ortolan MD, Sa Filho MF, Del Valle TA, Jesus EF, Lopes RN, Renno
Comply Or Die is now doing dressage, while the others parading next week are Blazing Bailey (hunting), Grands Crus (showjumping), Jack The Giant (showing), Miko De Beauchene (hunting), Sentry Duty (hunting) and Ortolan (eventing).