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ortolan

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noun or·to·lan \ˈȯr-tə-lən\

Definition of ortolan

  1. :  an Old World bunting (Emberiza hortulana) having a greenish-gray head and breast, streaky brown back and wings, and a yellow throat



Origin of ortolan

French or Italian; French, from Italian ortolano, literally, gardener, from Latin hortulanus, from hortulus, diminutive of hortus garden — more at yard


First Known Use: 1656


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