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- any of several corvids, usually strikingly colored birds, as the (Garrulus glandarius) or the blue jay
- Informal a foolish or talkative person
Origin: Middle English from Old French gai from Late Latin gaius, a jay, probably echoic, but spelling, spelled influenced, influence by the Classical Latin proper name Gaius
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- Any of various often crested birds of the genera Garrulus, Cyanocitta, Aphelocoma, and related genera within the family Corvidae, often having a loud, harsh call. Also called jaybird.
- An overly talkative person; a chatterbox.
Origin: Middle English jai, from Old French, from Late Latin gāius, gāia, perhaps from Latin Gāius, personal name.
, John 1745-1829.