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.

1645–55; perhaps Scots colle coal (in reference to the original coloration of the breed) + -ie; compare Middle English Colle dog's name

collielike, adjective Unabridged
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collie (ˈkɒlɪ)
Border collie rough collie See bearded collie any of several silky-coated breeds of dog developed for herding sheep and cattle
[C17: Scottish, probably from earlier colie black with coal dust, from colecoal]

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Word Origin & History

1651, possibly from dial. coaly "coal-black," the color of some breeds (cf. colley "sheep with black face and legs," attested from 1793; M.E. colfox "coal-fox," a variety of fox with tail and both ears tipped with black; and colley Somerset dialectal name for "blackbird"). Or from Scand. proper name
Colle, known to have been applied to dogs ("Ran Colle our dogge, and Talbot, and Gerlond" [Chaucer]); or from a convergence of the two.
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Example sentences
The little collie mix's round pupils are searching out breakfast, too, by following the human motions.
Selkie, a border collie recovering from a tennis ball addiction, gets her cue.
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