WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
- Birdsbelonging or pertaining to the subfamily Emberizinae, comprising the buntings, New World sparrows, and related birds.
- 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 (