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emberizine

[em-buh-rahy-zin, -zahyn] /ˌɛm bəˈraɪ zɪn, -zaɪn/
adjective
1.
belonging or pertaining to the subfamily Emberizinae, comprising the buntings, New World sparrows, and related birds.
noun
2.
an emberizine bird.
Origin
< New Latin Emberizinae, equivalent to Emberiz(a) the bunting genus (< 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
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