Definition of whisky jack in English:

whisky jack

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noun

Canadian
Another term for grey jay.
More example sentences
  • There is a downy woodpecker on one of the birdfeeders and whisky jacks darting across the frosty boughs.
  • In camp, entertainment by chipmunks, red squirrels, whisky jacks, and snowshoe hares will keep you chuckling.
  • Chimpanzees and whisky jacks share the habit of assembling jumbles of trash.

Origin

late 18th century: alteration of whisky john, corruption of Cree wiskatjan, Montagnais wi:skača:n 'blacksmith', possibly with reference to the grey and black plumage.

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