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- n. The yellowhammer
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The European yellow-hammer.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The yellow bunting, Emberiza citrinella. See cut under yellowhammer.
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He pronounced it ah-yite, as they do in the playgrounds, and probably even at the Sojourner Truth School.
Towards the yellow-hammer, or yellow-yite -- bird of beautiful plumage though it be -- because it is the subject of an unaccountable superstitious notion, which credits it with drinking a drop of the devil's blood every May morning, the children of Scotland cherish no inconsiderable contempt, which finds expression in the rhyme: --
Expecting to get the answer "Carnivorous" (as it bore on the lesson), a teacher asked his class for an example of a bird of prey, and among other answers he got was "A yellow yite."
I have known a black-fishing expedition stopped because a "yellow yite," or yellowhammer, hovered round the gang when they were setting out.
I have known a black-fishing expedition stopped because a "yellow yite," or yellow-hammer, hovered round the gang when they were setting out.
"All yite," said the little darkey, and she sat down on the floor to prepare her child for a coat of whitewash; but she had not yet succeeded in convincing the doll of the importance of the operation when her attention was aroused by a dog just outside of the door.
The _yellow yite_, or yellow hammer, was held in just the opposite estimation, and although one of the prettiest of birds, their nests were remorselessly harried, and their young often cruelly killed.
Papillons du Nord et durSud Bienvenue au yite Papillons du nordaet du sud.
Jack was pointing at the ceiling, and exclaiming, "Yite, yite, " which was his word for 'light, " or anything else that he liked a lot.