yellowhammer

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an especially yellow yellowhammer
geographic distribution of the yellowhammer (Emberiza citrinella)

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Etymology[edit]

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).

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yellowhammer (plural yellowhammers)

  1. A passerine bird, Emberiza citrinella, of western Eurasia, which is mainly yellow in colour.
  2. (US) The northern flicker, Colaptes auratus.
  3. A native or resident of the American state of Alabama.

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