yellowhammer


yel·low·ham·mer

noun \ˈye-lō-ˌha-mər, ˈye-lə-\

Definition of YELLOWHAMMER

1
:  a common Palearctic finch (Emberiza citrinella of the family Emberizidae) having the male largely yellow and chestnut —called also yellow bunting

Origin of YELLOWHAMMER

alteration of earlier yelambre, from Middle English *yelwambre, from yelwe yellow + *ambre yellowhammer, from Old English amore; akin to Old High German amaro yellowhammer, amari emmer
First Known Use: 1587

yellowhammer

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Songbird species (Emberiza citrinella, family Emberizidae) found from Britain to central Asia. The name is derived from the German Ammer (“bunting”). Yellowhammers are 6 in. (16 cm) long and have a streaked brown body, yellow-tinged head and breast, and a rapid song. In the southern U.S., the yellow-shafted flicker is called yellowhammer because of its drumming.

Variants of YELLOWHAMMER

yellowhammer or yellow bunting

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