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Definition of "yellowhammer" []

  • A small bunting (Emberiza citrinella) of Europe and western Asia having bright yellow plumage on the head, neck, and breast. (noun)
  • See yellow-shafted flicker. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "yellowhammer" in a sentence
  • "As we were advancing to the attack and to support the Alabama brigade in our front, and which had given way and were stricken with fear, some of the boys of our regiment would laugh at them, and ask what they were running for, and would commence to say "Flicker! flicker! flicker!" like the bird called the yellowhammer, "Flicker! flicker! flicker!""
  • "The yellowhammer is the most persistent individually, but I think the blackbirds when listened to are the masters of the fields."
  • "An intriguing letter from Will County, Illinois, reported that shitepoke denoted a crane, but mentioned local use of the bird name "yellowhammer" for "dirty and disreputable ... not necessarily poor" natives."