blue jay

\ˈblü-ˌjā \

Definition of blue jay 

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

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Okay well my neck is LITERALLY the Toronto blue jays logo. Michelle Gant, Fox News, "Woman's meaningful neck tattoo turns out to be oddly similar to Toronto Blue Jays logo," 2 Oct. 2018 Okay well my neck is LITERALLY the Toronto blue jays logo. Michelle Gant, Fox News, "Woman didn't realize meaningful neck tattoo is oddly similar to Toronto Blue Jays logo," 13 June 2018 Seems like lots of cardinals and blue jays this year. Frank Abderholden, Lake County News-Sun, "On-deck observations from the backyard," 3 June 2018 This spring, baby birds (starting with starlings and sparrows and then songbirds such as robins, blue jays, cardinals and mockingbirds) will hatch. Kitson Jazynka,, "As spring arrives, what to do if you find a baby bird," 25 Apr. 2018 Unlike most Easter egg hunts, a mad rush for a lawn filled with plastic eggs, visitors at Northwest Park searched for replicas of robin or blue jay eggs or the many species that nest in forests around Connecticut. Dennis Hohenberger, Courant Community, "Northwest Park Welcomes Spring With Adventure," 12 Apr. 2018 Female sharp shins are larger than their male counterparts, but neither is truly large; a male sharp shin is only slightly larger than an average blue jay. Dave Taft, New York Times, "Little Terror of the Flyway," 19 Oct. 2017 Most examples in nature — the clear autumn sky, the blue jay’s vibrant feathers, butterfly wing spots — originate in light refraction. Dave Taft, New York Times, "The True Blue Asiatic Dayflower," 20 Sep. 2017 In our yard in western Alabama were dozens of doves, hundreds of finches, an abundance of blue jays. Southern Living, "Love Song," 15 Mar. 2012

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First Known Use of blue jay

1709, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of blue jay

: a common American bird that is mostly blue

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Kids Definition of blue jay

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

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