yite

yite

(jəɪt) or

yitie

n
(Animals) Scot words for yellowhammer1 Also called: yellow-yite
[C19: of unknown origin]
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Our ancestors were perhaps more susceptible to superstitions than we are and that was certainly illustrated by the belief that the yellowhammer, often known as the yellow yite or the yorling, partook of a drop of the devil's blood every May morning.
(NCP, 146) The rhyme of "out" and "yella-yite" (a Scots word which, as Matthew Francis points out, traditionally indicates a "yellowhammer" bird, but Graham takes to mean an "insulting expression meaning cowardly") asserts the Scots character of the voice in the pronunciation of "yite," strengthening the homophony with "out" at the very point that the speaking subject's "intention" is brought into question, undermining the fact that we are to make these words our own (NF, 139).