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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.
Origin of collie
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 Unabridged
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  • Of the two dogs, one is the collie Luath, here represented as the friend and comrade of a ploughman.

    Landseer Estelle M. Hurll
  • collie, with his head between his paws, watched the proceedings.

  • Failing to find any guiding sign, the collie turned toward the two strangers.

    Double Challenge James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • Presently the collie dog came and laid his head on her shoulder.

    A Young Man in a Hurry Robert W. Chambers
  • And even as collie's hand touched the saddle-horn, Williams sprang back and climbed the corral bars.

    Overland Red Henry Herbert Knibbs
  • Her collie whimpered and scratched again at the door of the wagon.

    The Fighting Shepherdess
    Caroline Lockhart
  • The girl blinked at the distant post, then at her collie, after which she pointed to the post.

    Lad: A Dog Albert Payson Terhune
  • Before they had gone two blocks, Mrs. Nancy had named the collie David.

    Peak and Prairie Anna Fuller
  • Tall, slim, slow of movement, collie slipped from the corral bars and secured the dangling reins.

    Overland Red Henry Herbert Knibbs
British Dictionary definitions for collie


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

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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