WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
yel•low•ham•mer  (yelō ham′ər),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Birdsa common European bunting, Emberiza citrinella, the male of which is marked with bright yellow.
  2. 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)


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yellowhammer /ˈjɛləʊˌhæmə/ n
  1. a European bunting, Emberiza citrinella, having a yellowish head and body and brown streaked wings and tail
Etymology: 16th Century: of uncertain origin



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