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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

  Jay \Jay\, n. [F. geai, OF. gai, jaj, perh. fr. OHG. g[=a]hi.
     Cf. {Gay}.] (Zool.)
     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.
     [1913 Webster]
     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 ({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
           [1913 Webster]
     {Jay thrush} (Zool.), 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} ({Garrulax albogularis})
        (also called the {white-throated laughingthrush}), of
        [1913 Webster]

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