Definitions for: Yellow


[n] the quality or state of the chromatic color resembling the hue of sunflowers or ripe lemons
[adj] (informal) easily frightened
[adj] similar to the color of an egg yolk
[adj] affected by jaundice which causes yellowing of skin etc
[adj] cowardly or treacherous; "the little yellow stain of treason"-M.W.Straight; "too yellow to stand and fight"
[adj] changed to a yellowish color by age; "yellowed parchment"
[adj] (archaic) showing or experiencing a state of disordered feeling or distorted judgment as through bitterness or melancholy; "all looks yellow to the jaundiced eye"-Alexander Pope
[v] turn yellow; "The pages of the book began to yellow"



Webster (1913) Definition: Yel"low, a.
1. Cowardly; hence, dishonorable; mean; contemptible; as, he
has a yellow streak. [Slang]

2. Sensational; -- said of some newspapers, their makers,
etc.; as, yellow journal, journalism, etc. [Colloq.]


Yel"low, a. [Compar. Yellower; superl. Yellowest.]
[OE. yelow, yelwe, [yogh]elow, [yogh]eoluw, from AS. geolu;
akin to D. geel, OS. & OHG. gelo, G. gelb, Icel. gulr, Sw.
gul, Dan. guul, L. helvus light bay, Gr. ? young verdure, ?
greenish yellow, Skr. hari tawny, yellowish. ???. Cf.
Chlorine, Gall a bitter liquid, Gold, Yolk.]
Being of a bright saffronlike color; of the color of gold or
brass; having the hue of that part of the rainbow, or of the
solar spectrum, which is between the orange and the green.

Her yellow hair was browded [braided] in a tress.
--Chaucer.

A sweaty reaper from his tillage brought First fruits,
the green ear and the yellow sheaf. --Milton.

The line of yellow light dies fast away. --Keble.

Yellow atrophy (Med.), a fatal affection of the liver, in
which it undergoes fatty degeneration, and becomes rapidly
smaller and of a deep yellow tinge. The marked symptoms
are black vomit, delirium, convulsions, coma, and
jaundice.

Yellow bark, calisaya bark.

Yellow bass (Zo["o]l.), a North American fresh-water bass
(Morone interrupta) native of the lower parts of the
Mississippi and its tributaries. It is yellow, with
several more or less broken black stripes or bars. Called
also barfish.

Yellow berry. (Bot.) Same as Persian berry, under
Persian.

Yellow boy, a gold coin, as a guinea. [Slang] --Arbuthnot.

Yellow brier. (Bot.) See under Brier.

Yellow bugle (Bot.), a European labiate plant ({Ajuga
Cham[ae]pitys}).

Yellow bunting (Zo["o]l.), the European yellow-hammer.

Yellow cat (Zo["o]l.), a yellow catfish; especially, the
bashaw.

Yellow copperas (Min.), a hydrous sulphate of iron; --
called also copiapite.

Yellow copper ore, a sulphide of copper and iron; copper
pyrites. See Chalcopyrite.

Yellow cress (Bot.), a yellow-flowered, cruciferous plant
(Barbarea pr[ae]cox), sometimes grown as a salad plant.


Yellow dock. (Bot.) See the Note under Dock.

Yellow earth, a yellowish clay, colored by iron, sometimes
used as a yellow pigment.

Yellow fever (Med.), a malignant, contagious, febrile
disease of warm climates, attended with jaundice,
producing a yellow color of the skin, and with the black
vomit. See Black vomit, in the Vocabulary.

Yellow flag, the quarantine flag. See under Quarantine,
and 3d Flag.

Yellow jack.
(a) The yellow fever. See under 2d Jack.
(b) The quarantine flag. See under Quarantine.

Yellow jacket (Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of
American social wasps of the genus Vespa, in which the
color of the body is partly bright yellow. These wasps are
noted for their irritability, and for their painful
stings.

Yellow lead ore (Min.), wulfenite.

Yellow lemur (Zo["o]l.), the kinkajou.

Yellow macauco (Zo["o]l.), the kinkajou.

Yellow mackerel (Zo["o]l.), the jurel.

Yellow metal. Same as Muntz metal, under Metal.

Yellow ocher (Min.), an impure, earthy variety of brown
iron ore, which is used as a pigment.

Yellow oxeye (Bot.), a yellow-flowered plant
(Chrysanthemum segetum) closely related to the oxeye
daisy.

Yellow perch (Zo["o]l.), the common American perch. See
Perch.

Yellow pike (Zo["o]l.), the wall-eye.

Yellow pine (Bot.), any of several kinds of pine; also,
their yellowish and generally durable timber. Among the
most common are valuable species are Pinus mitis and {P.
palustris} of the Eastern and Southern States, and {P.
ponderosa} and P. Arizonica of the Rocky Mountains and
Pacific States.

Yellow plover (Zo["o]l.), the golden plover.

Yellow precipitate (Med. Chem.), an oxide of mercury which
is thrown down as an amorphous yellow powder on adding
corrosive sublimate to limewater.

Yellow puccoon. (Bot.) Same as Orangeroot.

Yellow rail (Zo["o]l.), a small American rail ({Porzana
Noveboracensis}) in which the lower parts are dull yellow,
darkest on the breast. The back is streaked with brownish
yellow and with black, and spotted with white. Called also
yellow crake.

Yellow rattle, Yellow rocket. (Bot.) See under Rattle,
and Rocket.

Yellow Sally (Zo["o]l.), a greenish or yellowish European
stone fly of the genus Chloroperla; -- so called by
anglers.

Yellow sculpin (Zo["o]l.), the dragonet.

Yellow snake (Zo["o]l.), a West Indian boa ({Chilobothrus
inornatus}) common in Jamaica. It becomes from eight to
ten long. The body is yellowish or yellowish green, mixed
with black, and anteriorly with black lines.

Yellow spot.
(a) (Anat.) A small yellowish spot with a central pit, the
fovea centralis, in the center of the retina where vision
is most accurate. See Eye.
(b) (Zo["o]l.) A small American butterfly (Polites Peckius)
of the Skipper family. Its wings are brownish, with a
large, irregular, bright yellow spot on each of the hind
wings, most conspicuous beneath. Called also {Peck's
skipper}. See Illust. under Skipper, n., 5.

Yellow tit (Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of
crested titmice of the genus Machlolophus, native of
India. The predominating colors of the plumage are yellow
and green.

Yellow viper (Zo["o]l.), the fer-de-lance.

Yellow warbler (Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of
American warblers of the genus Dendroica in which the
predominant color is yellow, especially D. [ae]stiva,
which is a very abundant and familiar species; -- called
also garden warbler, golden warbler, {summer
yellowbird}, summer warbler, and yellow-poll warbler.


Yellow wash (Pharm.), yellow oxide of mercury suspended in
water, -- a mixture prepared by adding corrosive sublimate
to limewater.

Yellow wren (Zo["o]l.)
(a) The European willow warbler.
(b) The European wood warbler.


Yel"low, n.
1. A bright golden color, reflecting more light than any
other except white; the color of that part of the spectrum
which is between the orange and green. ``A long motley
coat guarded with yellow.'' --Shak.

2. A yellow pigment.

Cadmium yellow, Chrome yellow, Indigo yellow, {King's
yellow}, etc. See under Cadmium, Chrome, etc.

Naples yellow, a yellow amorphous pigment, used in oil,
porcelain, and enamel painting, consisting of a basic lead
metantimonate, obtained by fusing together tartar emetic
lead nitrate, and common salt.

Patent yellow (Old Chem.), a yellow pigment consisting
essentially of a lead oxychloride; -- called also
Turner's yellow.


Yel"low, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Yellowed; p. pr. & vb.
n. Yellowing.]
To make yellow; to cause to have a yellow tinge or color; to
dye yellow.


Yel"low, v. i.
To become yellow or yellower.

Synonyms: chicken, chickenhearted, chromatic, coward(a), cowardly, dishonorable, dishonourable, fearful, irrational, jaundiced, lily-livered, old, unhealthy, white-livered, xanthous, yellow-bellied, yellowed, yellowish, yellowness

See Also: amber, brownish yellow, canary, canary yellow, chromatic color, chromatic colour, chrome yellow, color, colour, discolor, discolour, gamboge, gold, greenish yellow, lemon, lemon yellow, maize, old gold, orange yellow, pale yellow, saffron, spectral color, spectral colour, straw

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