a common European bunting, Emberiza citrinella,
the male of which
is marked with bright yellow.
Chiefly Southern U.S. a flicker, Colaptes auratus, having yellow wing and tail linings.
earlier also yelamber, yelambre,
probably continuing Old English *geolu-amore,
equivalent to geolu yellow
presumably, the bunting (cognate with Old Saxon amer, Old High German amaro;
); forms with -h-
perhaps reflect blending with another etymon, later conformed to hammer
(compare dial. yellowham