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[kol-ee] /ˈkɒl i/

one of a breed of dogs having a usually long, black, tan, and white or sable and white coat, raised originally in Scotland for herding sheep.
[kol-ee] /ˈkɒl i/ British Dialect
verb (used with object), collied, collying.
to blacken as with coal dust; begrime.
grime; soot.
any of several silky-coated breeds of dog developed for herding sheep and cattle See Border collie, rough collie, bearded collie
noun (pl) -lies
soot or grime, such as coal dust
verb collies, collying, collied
(transitive) to begrime; besmirch

1650s, possibly from dialectal coaly “coal-black,” the color of some breeds (cf. colley, “sheep with black face and legs,” attested from 1793; Middle English colfox, “coal-fox,” a variety of fox with tail and both ears tipped with black; and colley, Somerset dialectal name for “blackbird”). Or from Scandinavian proper name Colle, which is known to have been applied to dogs in Middle English (“Ran Colle our dogge, and Talbot, and Gerlond” [Chaucer]); or perhaps a convergence of the two.


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