yellow-belly


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yel·low-bel·lied

(yĕl′ō-bĕl′ēd)
adj.
1. Having a belly that is yellow or yellowish. Used of certain birds, for example.
2. Slang Cowardly.

yel′low-bel′ly n.
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yellow-belly

n, pl -lies
1. a slang word for coward
2. (Animals) Austral another name for callop
ˈyellow-ˌbellied adj
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yellow-belly

noun
Slang. An ignoble, uncourageous person:
Slang: chicken.
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