blue jay

Origin of blue jay

An Americanism dating back to 1700–10
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Examples from the Web for blue jay

Historical Examples of blue jay

  • So he flew to Niagara while the Blue-jay snickered and followed to see the fun.

    Woodland Tales

    Ernest Seton-Thompson

  • He called the Blue-jay, the mischief-maker of the woods, and told him what to do.

    Woodland Tales

    Ernest Seton-Thompson

  • Said she'd keep them blue-jay's wings, and wear 'em in her hat.

  • The blue-jay took his bath in an original way as he did everything else.

    In Nesting Time

    Olive Thorne Miller

  • No, not because he felt so proud of what he had done, but because a blue-jay was after him.

    Little Mitchell

    Margaret W. Morley


British Dictionary definitions for blue jay

blue jay

noun
  1. a common North American jay, Cyanocitta cristata, having bright blue plumage with greyish-white underparts
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