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collie

[kol-ee] /ˈkɒl i/
noun
1.
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.
Origin
1645-1655
1645-55; perhaps Scots colle coal (in reference to the original coloration of the breed) + -ie; compare Middle English Colle dog's name
Related forms
collielike, adjective
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collie

/ˈkɒlɪ/
noun
1.
any of several silky-coated breeds of dog developed for herding sheep and cattle See Border collie, rough collie, bearded collie
Word Origin
C17: Scottish, probably from earlier colie black with coal dust, from colecoal
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Word Origin and History for collie
n.

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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