yellowhammer

[yel-oh-ham-er]
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 of yellowhammer

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)
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yellowhammer

noun
  1. a European bunting, Emberiza citrinella, having a yellowish head and body and brown streaked wings and tail
  2. US and Canadian the yellow-shafted flicker, an American woodpeckerSee flicker 2

Word Origin for yellowhammer

C16: of uncertain origin
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