Alteration (influenced by hammer) of earlier yelambre, yelamber, from Middle English *yelwambre, from yelwe (“yellow”) + *ambre (“yellowhammer”), from Old English amore, related to Old High German amaro (“yellowhammer”) (see modern German Ammer).
yellowhammer (plural yellowhammers)
- A passerine bird, Emberiza citrinella, of western Eurasia, which is mainly yellow in colour.
- (US) The northern flicker, Colaptes auratus.
- A native or resident of the American state of Alabama.