blue jay


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

Examples of blue jay in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And while there’s no definitive research about blue jay intelligence, one study showed a captive blue jay trying to snag food that was out of reach with paper scraps that lined its cage. René A. Guzman,, 10 Nov. 2020 Who can forget his ongoing debate with himself and others about whether they’re called blue jays or scrub jays? Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 21 Apr. 2023 Daniel was able, however, to save the grackle and blue jay. Karl Schneider, The Indianapolis Star, 21 Mar. 2022 Maybe an owl ate a blue jay? Danielle Dreilinger, The Atlantic, 9 Sep. 2020 Northern cardinals and an occasional blue jay competed for best vocal delivery with wrens and Carolina chickadees. Sharon Grigsby, Dallas News, 7 Apr. 2023 In the ornithological community, blue jays are known for aggressive, bullying behavior and a proclivity to attack in mobs. Peter Abraham,, 27 Mar. 2023 Eagles, Monarch butterflies, blue jays, and dragonflies also migrate along the shoreline in the spring and fall. Molly McArdle, Travel + Leisure, 22 Mar. 2023 In Masters of Atlantis, there is Austin Popper, who has a talking blue jay named Squanto and broadens the appeal of Gnomonism by removing much of its complexity (and triangles), before vanishing to perform fruitless alchemical experiments in the Colorado scrublands. Will Stephenson, Harper’s Magazine , 13 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1709, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of blue jay was in 1709

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“Blue jay.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition

blue jay

: a bright blue North American jay having a small bunch of feathers pointing upward and backward from the top of the head
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