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Yellow-bellied   /jˈɛloʊ-bˈɛlid/   Listen

Easily frightened.  Synonyms: chicken, chickenhearted, lily-livered, white-livered, yellow.

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"Yellow-bellied" Quotes from Famous Books

... was on the east side of the tree, so as to avoid the prevailing west and northeast winds. As it was nearly two inches in diameter, it could not have been the work of the downy, but must have been that of the hairy, or else the yellow-bellied woodpecker. His home had probably been wrecked by some violent wind, and he was thus providing himself another. In digging out these retreats the woodpeckers prefer a dry, brittle, trunk, not too soft. They go in horizontally to the centre and then turn downward, enlarging the tunnel as ...
— Birds and Bees, Sharp Eyes and, Other Papers • John Burroughs

... Yellow-bellied ore-flats and Ungava petrol-tanks punted down leisurely out of the north, like strings of unfrightened wild duck. It does not pay to "fly" minerals and oil a mile farther than is necessary; but the risks of transhipping to submersibles in the ice pack off Nain or Hebron are so great that ...
— Actions and Reactions • Rudyard Kipling

Words linked to "Yellow-bellied" :   fearful, chicken, colloquialism, cowardly

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