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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Jay  \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 
  {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