blue jay


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blue jay

n.
A North American bird (Cyanocitta cristata) having a crested head, predominantly blue plumage, and a harsh, noisy cry.
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blue jay

n
1. (Animals) a common North American jay, Cyanocitta cristata, having bright blue plumage with greyish-white underparts
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blue′ jay`


n.
a common crested jay, Cyanocitta cristata, of E North America, having a bright blue back and a gray breast.
[1700–10, Amer.]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.blue jay - common jay of eastern North Americablue jay - common jay of eastern North America; bright blue with grey breast
Cyanocitta, genus Cyanocitta - New World jays
New World jay - a North American jay
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He hasn't any more principle than a blue jay; and as for morals, he's empty.
For miles, and miles, and miles, these solitudes are unbroken by any sign of human life or trace of human footstep; nor is anything seen to move about them but the blue jay, whose colour is so bright, and yet so delicate, that it looks like a flying flower.
Not even rats in the wall, for they were starved out, or rather were never baited in -- only squirrels on the roof and under the floor, a whip-poor-will on the ridge-pole, a blue jay screaming beneath the window, a hare or woodchuck under the house, a screech owl or a cat owl behind it, a flock of wild geese or a laughing loon on the pond, and a fox to bark in the night.
There was the honest cockrobin, the favorite game of stripling sportsmen, with its loud querulous note; and the twittering blackbirds flying in sable clouds, and the golden- winged woodpecker with his crimson crest, his broad black gorget, and splendid plumage; and the cedar-bird, with its red tipt wings and yellow-tipt tail and its little monteiro cap of feathers; and the blue jay, that noisy coxcomb, in his gay light blue coat and white underclothes, screaming and chattering, nodding and bobbing and bowing, and pretending to be on good terms with every songster of the grove.
The "rover bird" so-called, the coroneted crane, the red and blue jays, the mocking-bird, the flycatcher, disappeared among the foliage of the immense trees, and all nature revealed symptoms of some approaching catastrophe.
His old woods' training was aroused, and he was keenly interested in everything in the moss on the trees and branches; in the bunches of mistletoe hanging in the oaks; in the nest of a wood-rat; in the water-cress growing in the sheltered eddies of the little stream; in the butterflies drifting through the rifted sunshine and shadow; in the blue jays that flashed in splashes of gorgeous color across the forest aisles; in the tiny birds, like wrens, that hopped among the bushes and imitated certain minor quail-calls; and in the crimson-crested woodpecker that ceased its knocking and cocked its head on one side to survey him.
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Blue Jay Wireless provides lifeline and prepaid cell phone service to low income individuals across the United States.
Both the scissor-tailed flycatcher (Fitch, 1950; Fitzpatrick, 1980; Regosin and Pruett-Jones, 1995) and the blue jay (Racine and Thompson, 1983) establish family or larger cohesive groups.
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That declaration brought cheers of "Rob-bie, Rob-bie" from Toronto fans decked out in Blue Jay tee-shirts in the crowd.