American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A North American bird (Cyanocitta cristata) having a crested head, predominantly blue plumage, and a harsh, noisy cry.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A species of North American jay with blue feathering from the top of its head to midway down its back, Cyanocitta cristata
GNU Webster's 1913
- (Zoöl.) The common jay of the United States (Cyanocitta, or Cyanura, cristata). The predominant color is bright blue.
- n. common jay of eastern North America; bright blue with grey breast
“They are trying to teach the children something, and half the instructors don't know a blue jay from a king-fisher, a beech leaf from an elm, or a wasp from a hornet. ”
“The saloon was a drab and dreary place; he twinkled in it like a blue jay flashing through the treetops.”
“In such clumps and coverts are to be seen several kinds of birds, particularly a species of jay; they are generally of an azure blue colour, have no crest or tuft of feathers on the head, nor are they so large as the great crested blue jay of Virginia, but are equally clamorous (pica glandaria cerulea non crestata.)”
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“I afterwards heard a similar song sung by a wild blue jay to his mate while she was sitting, and so I knew that my dear little captive had given me his sweetest -- his love-song.”
“ONE of the most interesting birds who ever lived in my Bird Room was a blue jay named Jakie.”
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