noun, plural collieries.
a coal mine, including all buildings and equipment.

1625–35; collier + -y3 Unabridged
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colliery (ˈkɒljərɪ)
n , pl -lieries
chiefly (Brit) a coal mine

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1630s, "coal mine," see collier.
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Example sentences
The closure of the colliery was a severe shock to the local economy.
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