blue jay

noun
\ ˈblü-ˌjā How to pronounce blue jay (audio) \

Definition of blue jay

: a crested bright blue North American jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Examples of blue jay in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Daniel zeroed in on two of the birds — an adult grackle and fledgling blue jay. Karl Schneider, The Indianapolis Star, 21 Mar. 2022 That rank not only reflects the relationship of frequent combatant pairs such as the house sparrow and the blue jay, but also accurately predicts which bird will dominate when two distant species meet for the first time. Washington Post, 26 Nov. 2021 The seed sets forth, as Zach St. George chronicles in The Journeys of Trees, carried by the wind or in the belly of a blue jay or stuffed in the cheek of a squirrel, toward its destiny. Lauren Markham, Wired, 9 Oct. 2021 The bird was likely comparable in size to a modern blue jay. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 16 Sep. 2021 The songbirds most commonly affected include the American robin, blue jay, common grackle, yellowtail flicker, European starling, northern cardinal, house finch, house sparrow, Eastern bluebird, red-bellied woodpecker, and Carolina wren. courant.com, 10 Aug. 2021 The birds most commonly affected include the American robin, blue jay, common grackle, yellowtail flicker, European starling, northern cardinal, house finch, house sparrow, Eastern bluebird, red-bellied woodpecker, and Carolina wren. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, 8 July 2021 Gillet said several species are affected, including blue jay, American robin, common grackle, Northern cardinal and European starling, among others. Christin Nance Lazerus, chicagotribune.com, 2 July 2021 Take a closer look at what makes the blue jay such a colorful character. ExpressNews.com, 11 Nov. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of blue jay

1709, in the meaning defined above

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29 Mar 2022

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“Blue jay.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blue%20jay. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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blue jay

noun
\ ˈblü-ˌjā How to pronounce blue jay (audio) \

Kids Definition of blue jay

: a crested and mostly blue North American bird related to the crows

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