Definition of yellowbelly

c : callop
d New Zealand : any of several flatfishes (as Ammotretis guntheri) that are important market fish
e southern Africa : a guasa (Epinephelus guaza)
3 : one who is yellow : coward was called a yellowbelly when he would not enlist at the beginning of the war
4a dated, disparaging + offensive : a person having yellowish or light brown skin
b Southwest, dated, disparaging + offensive : mexican

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yellow entry 1 + belly

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“Yellowbelly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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