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whiskey jack

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  1. gray jay.
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Origin of whiskey jack

1735–45; variant of whisky-John, whisky-Jonish, by folk etymology < Eastmain Cree (dial. of Montagnais) wi·skača·nis Canada jay, diminutive of wi·skača·n blacksmith, apparently alluding to the bird's smoky-gray color
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