Definitions for: Jay


[n] crested largely blue bird
[n] 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)



Webster (1913) Definition: Jay, n. [F. geai, OF. gai, jaj, perh. fr. OHG. g[=a]hi.
Cf. Gay.] (Zo["o]l.)
Any one of the numerous species of birds belonging to
Garrulus, Cyanocitta, and allied genera. They are allied
to the crows, but are smaller, more graceful in form, often
handsomely colored, and usually have a crest.

Note: 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 k[ae]. 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 (A. 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}.

Jay thrush (Zo["o]l.), any one several species of Asiatic
singing birds, of the genera Garrulax, Grammatoptila,
and related genera of the family Crateropodid[ae]; as,
the white-throated jay thrush (G. albogularis), of
India.

Synonyms: John Jay

See Also: camp robber, Canada jay, corvine bird, diplomat, diplomatist, Garrulinae, gray jay, jurist, legal expert, New World jay, Old World jay, Perisoreus canadensis, subfamily Garrulinae, whisker jack

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