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More common in my region than the jay or the cardinal is the red-eyed vireo.

We admire the brilliant plumage of the jay, cardinal and goldfinch.

"I refuse to answer your question," replied Jay Gardiner, coolly.

Jay Gardiner was surprised for an instant; but it was only for an instant.

She did not wonder now that Jay Gardiner had given his heart to her.

Jay Gardiner could not trust himself to speak, his indignation was so great.

"You have not told me," said Jay Gardiner, gallantly, as he bent forward.

Jay's joy at beholding Bernardine was so great they almost feared for his life.

But what caused him to come to this place to look for Jay Gardiner and his bride?

Jay Gardiner found just such an ideal boarding-house as he was looking for.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, common European bird (Garrulus glandarinus), from Old North French gai, Old French jai "magpie, jay," from Late Latin gaius "a jay," probably echoic and supposedly influenced by Latin Gaius, a common Roman proper name. For other bird names from proper names, cf. martin and parrot. Applied to the North American blue jay (Cyanocitta cristata) from 1709. Applied to humans in sense of "impertinent chatterer, flashy dresser" from 1620s.

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