WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
em•ber•i•zine  (em′bə rīzin, -zīn),USA pronunciation [Ornith.]
  1. Birdsbelonging or pertaining to the subfamily Emberizinae, comprising the buntings, New World sparrows, and related birds.

  1. Birdsan emberizine bird.
  • dialect, dialectal German; compare Swiss German Ämerzen, Imbrütze; Old High German amarzo, amirzo, hypocoristic forms of amaro (German Ammer bunting), short for *amarofogal literally, emmer-bird; see emmer, yellowhammer) + -inae -inae
  • Neo-Latin Emberizinae, equivalent. to Emberiz(a) the bunting genus (

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