yel·​low·​ham·​mer | \ ˈye-lō-ˌha-mər How to pronounce yellowhammer (audio) , 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

Examples of yellowhammer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nearly five million people live in Alabama, which takes its state nickname from the name of its state bird, the yellowhammer. Alan Taylor, The Atlantic, 7 June 2020

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First Known Use of yellowhammer

1538, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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“Yellowhammer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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