Definition of cirl bunting in English:

cirl bunting

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noun

  • An Old World bunting related to the yellowhammer, the male of which has a distinctive facial pattern and a black throat.
    • Emberiza cirlus, family Emberizidae (subfamily Emberizinae)

Origin

late 18th century: cirl from Italian cirlo, probably from zirlare 'whistle as a thrush'.

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