• WordNet 3.6
    • n jay crested largely blue bird
    • n Jay United States diplomat and jurist who negotiated peace treaties with Britain and served as the first chief justice of the United States Supreme Court (1745-1829)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Blue Jays can imitate the calls of hawks
    • n Jay (Zoöl) Any one of the numerous species of birds belonging to Garrulus Cyanocitta, and allied genera of the family Corvidae. They are allied to the crows, but are smaller, more graceful in form, often handsomely colored, and usually have a crest.☞ The European jay (Garrulus glandarius) is a large and handsomely colored species, having the body pale reddish brown, lighter beneath; tail and wing quills blackish; the primary coverts barred with bright blue and black; throat, tail coverts, and a large spot on the wings, white. Called also jay pie Jenny jay, and . The common blue jay Cyanocitta cristata.), and the related species, are brilliantly colored, and have a large erectile crest. The California jay (Aphelocoma Californica), the Florida jay (Aphelocoma Floridana), and the green jay (Xanthoura luxuosa), of Texas and Mexico, are large, handsome, crested species. The Canada jay (Perisoreus Canadensis), and several allied species, are much plainer and have no crest. See Blue jay, and Whisky jack.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The first pick (by Eagles) in the first NFL draft in 1935, was Jay Berwanger from the University of Chicago. He never played in the league
    • n jay The name of the letter j. It is rarely written out, the symbol j being used instead.
    • n jay Any bird of the subfamily Garrulinæ; specifically, Garrulus glandarius, a common European bird, about 13 inches long, of a gray color tinged with reddish, varied with black, white, and blue, and having the head crested. The jays are birds usually of bright and varied colors, among which blue is the most conspicuous, thus contrasting with the somber crows, their nearest allies. The tail is comparatively long, sometimes extremely so, as in the magpie. They are noisy, restless birds, of arboreal habits, found in most parts of the world, reaching their highest development in the warmer parts of America, where some large and magnificent species are found. With the exception of the boreal genus Perisoreus, the jays of the old and the new world belong to entirely different genera. The commonest and best known jay of the United States is the blue jay, Cyanurus cristatus or Cytnocitta cristata, a bird about 12 inches long, with a fine crest, purplish-blue color on the back and purplish-gray below, a black collar, and wings and tail rich blue varied with black and white. (See cut under Cyanocitta.) Another crested species of the United Slates is Steller's jay, C. stelleri, resembling the last, but much darker in color, and confined to the west. The Canada jay or whiskyjack, Perisoreus canadensis, is a plain grayish bird. The Florida jay, Aphelocoma floridana, is mostly gray and blue. The Rio Grande jay, Xanthura luxuosa, is rich yellow, green, blue, and black. Some birds not properly belonging to the Garrulinæ are also called jays, and some members of this subfamily have other common names, as the magpies.
    • n jay A loud, flashy woman.
    • n jay In actors' slang, an amateur or a poor actor.
    • n jay A general term of contempt applied to a stupid person: as, an audience at jays.
    • n jay In angling, a variety of artificial fly dressed with blue jay feathers.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The most frequently seen birds at feeders across North America last winter were the Dark-eyed Junco, House Finch and American goldfinch, along with downy woodpeckers, blue jays, mourning doves, black-capped chickadees, house sparrows, northern cardinals and european starlings.
    • n Jay a bird of the crow family with gay plumage: a wanton woman: an indifferent actor, a stupid chattering fellow.
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  • Eric Berne
    Eric Berne
    “The moment the little boy is concerned with which is a jay and which is a sparrow, he can no longer see the birds or hear them sing.”
  • Daniel Webster
    “When the spotless ermine of the judicial robe fell on John Jay, it touched nothing less spotless than itself.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. geai, OF. gai, jaj, perh. fr. OHG. gāhi,. Cf. Gay
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. jay (mod. Fr. geai); from root of gay.


In literature:

The jay shows unbounded interest in everything.
"In Nesting Time" by Olive Thorne Miller
For the jays are famous for jilting their lovers.
"Wood Magic" by Richard Jefferies
Sammy Jay might even tell you that Danny is afraid of his own shadow, or that he tries to run away from his own tail.
"The Adventures of Danny Meadow Mouse" by Thornton W. Burgess
Sammy Jay likes to say mean things.
"The Adventures of Danny Meadow Mouse" by Thornton W. Burgess
But Jay stayed through the coldest days and enjoyed every chance he had of pestering Solomon.
"Bird Stories" by Edith M. Patch
As soon as she heard that Jasper Jay intended to visit her cherry tree, to enjoy the ripe fruit, Rusty Wren's wife began to worry.
"The Tale of Rusty Wren" by Arthur Scott Bailey
Clark's crows and the mountain jays were abundant on the acclivities.
"Birds of the Rockies" by Leander Sylvester Keyser
From the paucity of records in the literature, I judge that Steller's Jay is uncommon in Coahuila.
"Birds from Coahuila, Mexico" by Emil K. Urban
A member of my family saw a blue jay leave half of a black walnut in the forks of several small branches.
"Seed Dispersal" by William J. Beal
While he intuitively called like a jay, he never was able to sing the sweet, gurgling roulade of the wild jays.
"Our Bird Comrades" by Leander S. (Leander Sylvester) Keyser

In poetry:

'Tis a light pang. I like to see the nests
Still in their places, now first known,
At home and by far roads. Boys knew them not,
Whatever jays and squirrels may have done.
"Birds' Nests" by Edward Thomas
Softly the dark green hemlocks whisper: high
Above, the spires of yellowing larches show,
Where the woodpecker and home-loving crow
And jay and nut-hatch winter’s threat defy.
"A Day" by John Greenleaf Whittier
De jay-bird squeal to de mockin'-bird: "Stop!
Don' gimme none o' yo' sass;
Better sing one song for de Baptis' crop,
Dey's mightily in de grass, grass,
Dey's mightily in de grass."
"Uncle Jim's Baptist Revival Hymn" by Sidney Lanier
A sparrow, when sparrows like parrots could speak,
Addressed an old hen who could talk like a jay:
Said he, "It's unjust that we sparrows must seek
Our food, when your family's fed every day.
"The Sparrow And The Hen" by Charles Lamb
Vain at the festive bar still lingered the people of Angels,
Hearing afar in the woods the petulant pop of the pistol;
Never again returned the Crested Jay Hawk of the mountains,
Never again was seen the Bald-headed Snipe of the Valley.
"Thompson Of Angels" by Francis Bret Harte
They's music in the twitter of the bluebird and the jay,
And that sassy little critter jes' a-peckin' all the day;
They's music in the "flicker," and they's music in the thrush,
And they's music in the snicker o' the chipmunk in the brush!
"Romancin'" by James Whitcomb Riley

In news:

JAY Bolduc has fond memories of the old El Monte bus station - when he was knocking it down.
Owner Jay Walters, left, with master butcher Mark Montgomery at Out West Meat in Rifle.
Jay-Z: Obama Better Than Romney by 'Leaps and Bounds .
Jay Moore, for HealthLeaders Media, February 5, 2009.
Jay Pennington, better known to lovers of art and bounce music nationwide as DJ Rusty Lazer, recently finished a nine-month run hosting an electro-acoustic music installation, "The Music Box," in the lot next to his house.
Cade was born on Feb 22, 1999, to Jay and Shae (Hilgesen) Poulos in Stillwater, Okla.
Jay Drew and Lya Wodraska.
Jay Drew and Lya Wodraska cover high school and college recruiting for the Salt Lake Tribune.
Jay Rogers founded Local Motors to build niche cars that meet the unique characteristics of cities such as Boston and Phoenix.
Jay Rogers at his Arizona plant with what will be a $59,000 Rally Fighter.
Jay Rogers Local Motors, Chandler, Arizona.
The thieves cut through a steel gate and turned outdoor security cameras away before plowing what police said was a stolen Ford Focus into E Jay's Drive Thru, located along Parsons Avenue.
30 am Monday Morning, Jay, Rubi, Jenny, and I piled into Rubi's car for the ride to school.
0 Cover of 'The Dead Do Not Improve' by author Jay Caspian Kang.
Johansson chatted on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Wednesday about her fan-favorite catsuit costume.

In science:

Aleksander Slominski, Benjamin Temko, Jay Alameda, Richard Alkire, Timothy Drews, and Eric Webb.
GRAPPA: Grid Access Portal for Physics Applications
Translated from the French by Marvin Jay Greenberg. [Ser88] Jean-Pierre Serre.
Some remarks on the local class field theory of Serre and Hazewinkel
Mathématiques; pour auxquelles entendre quelque chose j’ay tousjours cru qu'il fallait sçavoir les Elements d’Euclide par coeur.
Routine Controversies : Mathematical Challenges in Mersenne's Correspondence
King presented his analysis, in collaboration with Jay Andersen, of Hubble Space Telescope data on M4 which allows for a near-perfect separation of the cluster main sequence from the field stars from the proper motions.
Workshop Summary: The Dynamics, Structure and History of Galaxies
In other related fields, Lyle Hoffman and Ed Salpeter reported on the discovery of 104 M⊙ “mini-HVCs,” while Jay Lockman, also using the new GBT, described the discovery that the Galactic halo HI is resolved into clouds. J. O’Brien showed an unusual galaxy that has a bar in a non-nucleated pure disk.
The Outer Edges of Dwarf Irregular Galaxies: Stars and Gas