emberizine

emberizine
adjective

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/em'beuh ruy"zin, -zuyn/, Ornith.
adj.
1. belonging or pertaining to the subfamily Emberizinae, comprising the buntings, New World sparrows, and related birds.
n.
2. an emberizine bird.
[ < NL Emberizinae, equiv. to Emberiz(a) the bunting genus ( < dial. G; cf. Swiss G Ämerzen, Imbrütze; OHG amarzo, amirzo, hypocoristic forms of amaro ( G Ammer bunting), short for *amarofogal lit., emmer-bird; see EMMER, YELLOWHAMMER) + -inae -INAE]

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