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yellow-bellied

[yel-oh-bel-eed]
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  1. having a yellow abdomen or underside.
  2. Slang. cowardly; lily-livered.
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Origin of yellow-bellied

First recorded in 1700–10
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  • One of these was with a yellow-bellied woodpecker, the first I had ever seen.

    Birds in the Bush

    Bradford Torrey

  • "Wal, you yellow-bellied neutrals," he said, his voice cold and his eyes hard.

    A Man to His Mate

    J. Allan Dunn

  • The Yellow-bellied Acanthurus is armed with a spine of considerable length upon its tail.

    The Evolution of Culture

    Augustus Henry Lane-Fox Pitt-Rivers

  • As the yellow-bellied woodpecker was the most abundant species in these woods, I attributed it to him.

    A Year in the Fields

    John Burroughs

  • He is a dog—and the pup of a dog—red, yellow-bellied, lairless, and haired between every toe!

    The Second Jungle Book

    Rudyard Kipling