yel·​low·​ham·​mer ˈye-lō-ˌha-mər How to pronounce yellowhammer (audio)
: 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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Word History


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

1538, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of yellowhammer was in 1538

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“Yellowhammer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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yel·​low·​ham·​mer ˈyel-ō-ˌham-ər How to pronounce yellowhammer (audio)

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