Definition of yellowhammer in English:

yellowhammer

Line breaks: yellow|hammer
Pronunciation: /ˈjɛlə(ʊ)hamə
 
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noun

A common Eurasian bunting, the male of which has a yellow head, neck, and breast.
  • Emberiza citrinella, family Emberizidae (subfamily Emberizinae)
More example sentences
  • Snipe, red buntings, yellowhammers and even kingfishers are supposedly hereabouts.
  • The conventional plots also held more weed seeds, which are important to birds such as skylarks and yellowhammers.
  • Through the glass door to the step outside, two dozen yellowhammers and sparrows picked up seeds thrown on the snowy concrete.

Origin

mid 16th century: -hammer is perhaps from Old English amore (a kind of bird), possibly conflated with hama 'feathers'.

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