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1. Having a belly that is yellow or yellowish. Used of certain birds, for example.
2. Slang Cowardly.

yel′low-bel′ly n.


1. having a yellow abdomen or underside.
2. Slang. cowardly; lily-livered.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.yellow-bellied - easily frightenedyellow-bellied - easily frightened      
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
cowardly, fearful - lacking courage; ignobly timid and faint-hearted; "cowardly dogs, ye will not aid me then"- P.B.Shelley


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He is a dog--and the pup of a dog--red, yellow-bellied, lairless, and haired between every toe
After spending 13 years tracking their interactions and life spans in Colorado, Daniel T Blumstein, a biologist at the University of California, Los Angeles, and his colleagues found in a study published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, that yellow-bellied marmots with more active social lives tended to die younger than those that avoided interactions.
And in this case, it is certainly not true when it comes to yellow-bellied marmots, a type of large ground squirrel.
If the holes are about a quarter inch in diameter and lined up in straight rows, chances are good that the culprits are not borers but instead yellow-bellied sapsuckers.
YELLOW-BELLIED Ciaran on The Chase taking a record minus PS15,000 offer.
In particular, the populations of amphibians, the yellow-bellied toad (Bombina variegate) (in sharp decline at national level), spectacled salamander (Salamandrina terdigitata) and Italian crested newt (Triturus carnifex) and the butterflies, Jersey tiger (Euplagia quadripunctaria) (priority species) and Eriogaster catax have an irregular distribution due to the alteration and reduction of their habitats (including wetlands) and breeding sites, pathogens and transformation of their territory.
My real name is yellow-bellied marmot, but I like my nickname.
and 42% Yellow-bellied Marmots (Marmota flaviventris), which was unusually high (Knight and Erickson 1978).
We believe this one is a yellow-bellied slider and we will try to
This yellow-bellied party had the chance to redeem themselves but failed miserably.
A member of the public found the yellow-bellied sliders in a wooded area in Trebanog, Porth, on October 25 and contacted the RSPCA.