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 Take a closer look at what makes the blue jay such a colorful character., 11 Nov. 2020 If a squirrel starts barking, a blue jay squawks, or a crow starts fussing, throw a grunt that way. The Editors, Outdoor Life, 2 Nov. 2020 The intense hue of a blue jay contrasts sharply with the aspen yellows as the birds chatter noisily while feeding. Ernie Cowan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Sep. 2020 In a season too often defined by isolation, the arrival of a cardinal or blue jay just beyond the window is a hopeful reminder of continuity and connection. Danny Heitman, The Christian Science Monitor, 20 May 2020 Most days, a family of cardinals shows up, then the chickadees and finches and a large, loud blue jay. Beth Thames |, al, 21 Apr. 2020 Like its cousin the blue jay, the Florida scrub jay boasts striking blue feathers, especially on the head, chest, wings, and tail. National Geographic, 3 Mar. 2020 Up the street, a blue jay and a robin in a tree quiet me with their full-throated tightrope-walking argumentative vitality. Diane Mehta, The New Yorker, 24 Feb. 2020 The virus was already known to kill crows and blue jays in Minnesota, and it can be transmitted from mosquitoes to humans. John Myers, Twin Cities, 23 Oct. 2019

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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

blue jay

\ 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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