follow Dictionary.com

8 Words That Are Older Than You Think

yellowhammer

[yel-oh-ham-er] /ˈyɛl oʊˌhæm ər/
noun
1.
a common European bunting, Emberiza citrinella, the male of which is marked with bright yellow.
2.
Chiefly Southern U.S. a flicker, Colaptes auratus, having yellow wing and tail linings.
Origin
1550-1560
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- perhaps reflect blending with another etymon, later conformed to hammer (compare dial. yellowham)
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for yellow-hammer

yellowhammer

/ˈjɛləʊˌhæmə/
noun
1.
a European bunting, Emberiza citrinella, having a yellowish head and body and brown streaked wings and tail
2.
(US & Canadian) the yellow-shafted flicker, an American woodpecker See flicker2
Word Origin
C16: of uncertain origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Word Value for yellow

12
13
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with yellow-hammer