California scub jay

variants: or California jay

Definition of California scub jay

: scrub jay sense a specifically : a scrub jay of a subspecies (Aphelocoma californica californica) native to coastal California and distinguished by a darker overall color and a blue head tinged with purple The Western scrub jay can be further divided into three forms (not yet separate species): the California scrub jay of the Pacific coast has contrasting dark blue-and-white plumage, with a prominent blue necklace on a streaked white throat … — Bill Fenimore, Salt Lake Tribune, 6 Nov. 2009

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First Known Use of California scub jay

1847, in the meaning defined above

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“California scub jay.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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