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yellowhammer

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noun yel·low·ham·mer \ˈye-lō-ˌha-mər, ˈye-lə-\

Definition of yellowhammer

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

  2. 2 :  yellow-shafted flicker



Origin and Etymology 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


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