• The Yellowhammer
    The Yellowhammer
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n yellowhammer European bunting the male being bright yellow
    • n yellowhammer large flicker of eastern North America with a red neck and yellow undersurface to wings and tail
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Yellowhammer (Zoöl) A common European finch (Emberiza citrinella). The color of the male is bright yellow on the breast, neck, and sides of the head, with the back yellow and brown, and the top of the head and the tail quills blackish. Called also yellow bunting scribbling lark, and writing lark.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n yellowhammer The yellow bunting, Emberiza citrinella, one of the commonest birds of the western Palearctic region. It is about 7 inches long; the head, cheeks, front of the neck, belly, and lower tail-coverts are of a bright yellow; the upper surface is partly yellow, but chiefly brown, the feathers on the top of the back being blackish in the middle, and the tail-feathers also blackish. The yellowhammer is a resident in Great Britain, and generally throughout Europe. In summer the well-known notes of the male are almost incessantly heard from the roadside hedge. Also called goldhammer, yellowammer, yellowham, yellowomber, yellow yoldring, yellow yorling, yellow yowley (and with variants yeldring, yeldrock); also scribbling lark and writing lark (from the scratchy markings of its eggs); and by various other local or provincial names, as yite.
    • n yellowhammer In the United States, a local misnomer of the flicker, or golden-winged woodpecker, Colaptes auratus (see cut under flicker). No bird much like or congeneric with the true yellowhammer exists in North America; but popular ignorance would have it otherwise, and pitched upon this woodpecker as a subject for the name, or perhaps the name was given because the bird is extensively yellow and “hammers” trees. The European yellowhammer resembles and is congeneric with the ortolan of that country, Emberiza hortulana; and the United States bird which really looks something like the yellowhammer is the bobolink in the fall, when it is called reed-bird, rice-bird, and ortolan.
    • n yellowhammer A gold coin; a yellow boy.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
For yellow-ammer, where ammer, is fr. AS. amore, a kind of bird; akin to G. ammer, a yellow-hammer, OHG. amero,


In literature:

Cherokee was the civic father of Yellowhammer.
"Heart of the West" by O. Henry
Some yellowhammers suddenly shot along the road in front of her.
"Women in Love" by D. H. Lawrence
Other names are High-holder, Wake-up, {108} Walk-up, Yellowhammer, and Pigeon Woodpecker.
"The Bird Study Book" by Thomas Gilbert Pearson
The familiar English yellowhammer is a bunting.
"Birds of the Indian Hills" by Douglas Dewar
Yellowhammers call from the trees up towards the arable fields.
"The Toilers of the Field" by Richard Jefferies
There were snipe along the river, and flocks of kildees on the Commons, but the bird that was mostly killed by these boys was the yellowhammer.
"A Boy's Town" by W. D. Howells
Liza Lehman has also written some fascinating bird songs, including "The Wood Pigeon," "The Yellowhammer" and "The Owl.
"The Complete Club Book for Women" by Caroline French Benton
It is very much like the yellowhammer.
"The Browning Cyclopædia" by Edward Berdoe
Yellowhammers haunt the cornfields principally, though they are not absent from the meadows.
"Wild Life in a Southern County" by Richard Jefferies
I am sorry to say a death occurred on board about this time: it was that of the yellowhammer, that had flown aboard after they had left Shetland.
"The Cruise of the Snowbird" by Gordon Stables

In poetry:

Y was a young Yellowhammer,
Who raised a ridiculous clamor;
And he chattered until
An owl said, "Keep still!
I'm trying to study my grammar."
"An Alphabet Zoo" by Carolyn Wells
Bright yellowhammers
Made mirthful clamours,
And billed long straws with a bustling air,
And bearing their load
Flew up the road
That he followed, alone, without interest there.
"Self- Unconscious" by Thomas Hardy
Love-making birds were my mates all the road,
And who would wish surer delight for the eye
Than to see pairing goldfinches gleaming abroad
Or yellowhammers sunning on paling and sty?
"The Child's Grave" by Edmund Blunden
There's the yellowhammer's nest, bonny Mary O!
Where she hides her golden breast, bonny Mary O!
On her mystic eggs she dwells, with strange writing on their shells,
Hid in the mossy grass, bonny Mary O!
"Bonny Mary O!" by John Clare
The sheep when hunger presses sore
May nip the clover round its nest;
But soon the thistle wounding sore
Relieves it from each brushing guest,
That leaves a bit of wool behind,
The yellowhammer loves to find.
"Spear Thistle" by John Clare
The yellowhammer, often prest
For spot to build and be unseen,
Will in its shelter trust her nest
When fields and meadows glow with green;
And larks, though paths go closely bye,
Will in its shade securely lie.
"Spear Thistle" by John Clare

In news:

Yellowhammering Afghanistan Through the eyes of soldier and journalist Mike Tomberlin.