Jay vs Corvid - What's the difference?

jay | corvid |

As a proper noun jay

is a nickname for james, jason, or for any male name beginning with a "j"; also used as a formal given name.

As an adjective corvid is

pertaining to or resembling the corvidae .

As a noun corvid is

a member of the bird family corvidae , including crows, ravens, jays, choughs, treepies etc.

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Etymology 1

From (etyl) jay, from (etyl) jai . More at (l).


(en noun)
  • Any one of the numerous species of birds belonging to several genera within the family Corvidae, including Garrulus'', ''Cyanocitta , allied to the crows, but smaller, more graceful in form, often handsomely colored, usually having a crest, and often noisy.
  • Other birds of similar appearance and behavior.
  • (archaic) A dull or ignorant person.
  • (slang) A marijuana cigarette; a joint.
  • * 2009 , (Caitlin Moran), The Times , 23 Mar 2009:
  • Although sympathetic, my main reaction was to think: “Some people can handle it, and some people can’t,” and then smugly light up a big fat jay .
    * (bird) Jenny jay, jay pie, k, kae (UK); bluejay, whisky jack (US)
    * (bird) Old World jay, gray jay, American jay
    See also
    * (projectlink) * (Corvidae)
    Derived terms
    * blue jay, bluejay * Canada jay * California jay * Florida jay * green jay * jay thrush * jaywalker

    Etymology 2

    Respelling of the letter .


    (en noun)
  • See also
    Derived terms
    * deejay * jaycee






    (en adjective)
  • Pertaining to or resembling the Corvidae .
  • See also

    * (l)


    (wikipedia corvid) (en noun)
  • A member of the bird family Corvidae , including crows, ravens, jays, choughs, treepies etc.