jay


jay
jay1
/jay/, n.
1. any of several noisy, vivacious birds of the crow family, subfamily Garrulinae, as the crested Garrulus glandarius, of the Old World, having brownish plumage with blue, black, and white barring on the wings. Cf. blue jay, gray jay.
2. Informal. a simpleminded or gullible person.
[1275-35; ME jai < MF < LL gaius, gaia, perh. after L Gaius man's name]
jay2
/jay/, n. Slang.
a marijuana cigarette.
[1970-75; prob. sp. of initial consonant of JOINT, perh. suggested by Pig Latin version ointjay]

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I
Any of 35–40 bird species (family Corvidae) that inhabit woodlands and are known for their bold, raucous manner.

Most are found in the New World, but several are Eurasian. Jays are nearly omnivores; some steal eggs, and many store seeds and nuts for winter use. They make a twiggy, cuplike nest in trees. The 12-in. (30-cm) blue jay, blue and white with a narrow black neckline, is found in North America east of the Rockies; westward it is replaced by the dark-blue, black-crested Steller's jay. Another abundant species is the scrub jay, found throughout western North America and in Florida.

Blue jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

John H. Gerard
II
(as used in expressions)
Jay Vivian Chambers
Cooke Jay
Forrester Jay Wright
Gould Jay
Gould Stephen Jay
Hurley Patrick Jay
Jay John
Lerner Alan Jay

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bird
 any of about 35 to 40 bird species belonging to the family Corvidae (order Passeriformes) that inhabits woodlands and is known for its bold, raucous manner. Most are found in the New World, but several are Eurasian. Jays are nearly omnivorous; some are egg-stealers, and many store seeds and nuts for winter use. They make a twiggy, cuplike nest in a tree. After breeding, most species are gregarious.

 The 30-centimetre (12-inch) blue jay (Cyanocitta cristata), blue and white with a narrow black neckline, is found in North America east of the Rockies; westward it is replaced by the dark-blue, black-crested Steller's jay (C. stelleri). Another conspicuous and abundant jay, found throughout western North America and in Florida, is the scrub jay (Aphelocoma coerulescens), locally called “blue jay” but lacking a crest. The Eurasian jay (Garrulus glandarius) occurs over most of the continental Old World except sub-Saharan Africa; about 33 cm (13 inches) long, it is pinkish brown, with blue-and-black-barred shoulders, white rump, and white wing-patches. Among brightly coloured forms in tropical America is the green jay (Cyanocorax, sometimes Xanthoura, yncas).

      For the “blue jay” of southern Asia, see roller.

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