(Science: zoology) a bird of the genus Emberiza, or of an allied genus, related to the finches and sparrows (family Fringillidae).
Among European species are the common or corn bunting (Emberiza miliaria); the ortolan (E. Hortulana); the cirl (E. Cirlus); and the black-headed (Granitivora melanocephala). American species are the bay-winged or grass (Poocaetes or Pooecetes gramineus); the black-throated (Spiza Americana); the towhee bunting or chewink (Pipilo); the snow bunting (Plectrophanax nivalis); the rice bunting or bobolink, and others. See Ortolan, Chewick, snow bunting, lark bunting.
Origin: Scot. Buntlin, corn-buntlin, oe. Bunting, buntyle; of unknown origin.