jay

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1jay

noun \ˈjā\

Definition of JAY

1
a :  a predominantly fawn-colored Old World bird (Garrulus glandarius) of the crow family with a black-and-white crest and wings marked with black, white, and blue
b :  any of various usually crested and largely blue chiefly New World birds that are related to the common Old World jay and have roving habits and harsh voices — compare blue jay
2
a :  an impertinent chatterer
b :  dandy 1
c :  greenhorn
3
:  a moderate blue

Origin of JAY

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin gaius
First Known Use: 14th century

2jay

noun

Definition of JAY

1
:  the letter j
2
:  joint 4

First Known Use of JAY

1818

Jay

biographical name \ˈjā\

Definition of JAY

John 1745–1829 Am. jurist & statesman; 1st chief justice United States Supreme Court (1789–95)

jay

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Blue jay (Cyanocitta cristata)—John H. Gerard

Any of 35–40 bird species (family Corvidae) that inhabit woodlands and are known for their bold, raucous manner. Most are found in the New World, but several are Eurasian. Jays are nearly omnivores; some steal eggs, and many store seeds and nuts for winter use. They make a twiggy, cuplike nest in trees. The 12-in. (30-cm) blue jay, blue and white with a narrow black neckline, is found in North America east of the Rockies; westward it is replaced by the dark-blue, black-crested Steller's jay. Another abundant species is the scrub jay, found throughout western North America and in Florida.

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