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Jay. n.s. [named from his cry. Skinner.] A bird.

                Two sharp winged sheers,
Deck'd with diverse plumes, like painted jays,
Were fixed at his back, to cut his airy ways.
Fairy Queen.

We'll use this unwholsome humidity, this gross wat'ry pumpion - we'll teach him to know turtles from jays. Shakes.

What, is the jay more precious than the lark,
Because his feathers are more beautiful?

I am highly delighted to see the jay or the thrush hopping about my walks. Spectator.

Admires the jay, the insects gilded wings,
Or hears the hawk, when Philomela sings.

Sources: Shakespeare's Merry Wives of Windsor (95) · Pope, Alexander (393) · Spectator (140) · Spenser, Edmund (254) · Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew (71)

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