The little beetle at her feet was busied in a yellower soil than sand.
In the east a brighter, yellower light than the moon's began to show.
And for the translucency of their yellower effects we must bring in the amber.
Now, however, he became very silent, and grew yellower and yellower.
If in a cow giving milk the secretion diminishes, the mucus from the eyes and nose becomes thicker and yellower.
She said so when I brought her the daffodils; and these are yellower, ever so much yellower.'
A yellower set, or a bluer in the gills, you never set eyes on.
The grass is greener and the yellow leaves are yellower than in the paintings of any other artist.
Hot waves of air came through the corn, that became yellower and yellower.
We are attending to a yellower tulip, no doubt, when the only daffodil that Shakespeare knew is opening in the chilly wood.
Old English geolu, geolwe, from Proto-Germanic *gelwaz (cf. Old Saxon, Old High German gelo, Middle Dutch ghele, Dutch geel, Middle High German gel, German gelb, Old Norse gulr, Swedish gul "yellow"), from PIE *ghel- "yellow, green" (see Chloe).
Meaning "light-skinned" (of blacks) first recorded 1808. Applied to Asiatics since 1787, though the first recorded reference is to Turkish words for inhabitants of India. Yellow peril translates German die gelbe gefahr. Sense of "cowardly" is 1856, of unknown origin; the color was traditionally associated rather with treachery. Yellow-bellied "cowardly" is from 1924, probably a rhyming reduplication of yellow; earlier yellow-belly was a sailor's name for a half-caste (1867) and a Texas term for Mexican soldiers (1842, based on the color of their uniforms). Yellow dog "mongrel" is attested from c.1770; slang sense of "contemptible person" first recorded 1881. Yellow fever attested from 1748, American English (jaundice is a symptom).
"to become yellow," Old English geoluwian, from the source of yellow (adj.). Related: Yellowed; yellowing.
Cowardice; poltroonery; excessive timidity: Most often in the expression ''yellow streak'' or ''streak of yellow'': I'm afraid he has a streak of yellow in him (1896+)
[the origin of the coward sense is unknown; perhaps it is derived fr the traditional symbolic meanings of yellow, among which were ''deceitfulness, treachery, degradation, the light of hell'']