- a European bunting, Emberiza citrinella, having a yellowish head and body and brown streaked wings and tail
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- Birdsa common European bunting, Emberiza citrinella, the male of which is marked with bright yellow.
- Birds[Chiefly Southern U.S.]a flicker, Colaptes auratus, having yellow wing and tail linings.
- 1550–60; earlier also yelamber, yelambre, probably continuing Old English *geolu-amore, equivalent. to geolu yellow + amore presumably, the bunting (cognate with Old Saxon amer, Old High German amaro; see emberizine); forms with -h- perh. reflect blending with another etymon, later conformed to hammer (compare dialect, dialectal yellowham)