blue jay

\ 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 Some bird species recover quickly and become tolerant to the virus while others, such as blue jays and crows, suffer high mortality rates. John Myers, Twin Cities, "Study finds varying effects of West Nile virus on grouse in western Great Lakes," 23 Oct. 2019 The ornaments are 84 birds, including cardinals, chickadees, canaries, blue birds, woodpeckers, blue jays and gold finches. cleveland, "Olmsted Falls Garden Club is busy year round: Olmsted Dates and Data," 6 Dec. 2019 More than 300 bird species are known to be susceptible to the virus; blue jays and American crows have been found to be especially vulnerable. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "West Nile Virus found in 29% of Wisconsin ruffed grouse in 2018 study," 22 Oct. 2019 Cardinals, blue jays, chickadees, titmice and other relatively lightweight species will be able to take advantage of the weight-sensitive perches. Calvin Finch,, "If you feed them, birds will come," 10 Oct. 2019 On Monday, a Baltimore Sun photographer spotted a blue jay picking a fight with one of the juvenile falcons. Lillian Reed,, "Baltimore's fledgling Peregrine falcons begin taking short solo flights; blue jay picks a fight," 3 June 2019 Kathy Kehoe said the squawking of some blue jays outside her unit caught her attention Monday., "Pennsylvania woman uses a shovel to kill 5-foot-long venomous cobra slithering on her apartment patio," 25 June 2019 Ambopteryx, which was around the size of a blue jay, might have existed at the same time as S. prima, living during the Middle–Late Jurassic and Early Cretaceous periods (S. prima lived during the Early Cretaceous). David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Whoa, Look at This Bird-Bat Dinosaur," 8 May 2019 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

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First Known Use of blue jay

1709, in the meaning defined above

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6 Jan 2020

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“Blue jay.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of blue jay

: a common American bird that is mostly blue

blue jay

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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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