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blue jay

a common, crested jay, Cyanocitta cristata, of eastern North America, having a bright blue back and a gray breast.
Origin of blue jay
1700-10, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • The shrill whistle of the blue-jay saluted us constantly; and equally frequent were the monotonous notes of the green thrush.

    Under the Southern Cross Maturin M. Ballou
  • He called the blue-jay, the mischief-maker of the woods, and told him what to do.

    Woodland Tales Ernest Seton-Thompson
  • Ralph, you remind me of the blue-jay in the cage upon the stoep which knows but one word and repeats it all day long.

    Swallow H. Rider Haggard
  • Said she'd keep them blue-jay's wings, and wear 'em in her hat.

  • Second in the blue-jay's affection was a lady to whom at first he took a great dislike.

    In Nesting Time Olive Thorne Miller
  • No, not because he felt so proud of what he had done, but because a blue-jay was after him.

    Little Mitchell Margaret W. Morley
  • The nicest bird to tame is a blue-jay, and the best animal for company is a cub.

  • A blue-jay then commenced a loud call from a distant part of the forest.

  • Suppose a blue-jay courts and wins and weds a Baltimore oriole.

  • A blue-jay darted by them, to perch on a limb and eye them saucily.

    The Valiants of Virginia Hallie Erminie Rives
British Dictionary definitions for blue-jay

blue jay

a common North American jay, Cyanocitta cristata, having bright blue plumage with greyish-white underparts
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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