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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

colly

[kol-ee] /ˈkɒl i/
verb (used with object), collied, collying.
1.
to blacken as with coal dust; begrime.
noun
2.
grime; soot.
Origin
1555-65; variant of collow (v.), Middle English colwen, derivative of Old English col coal; see -y1
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British Dictionary definitions for collies'

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

colly

/ˈkɒlɪ/
noun (pl) -lies
1.
soot or grime, such as coal dust
verb collies, collying, collied
2.
(transitive) to begrime; besmirch
Word Origin
C16: ultimately from Old English colcoal
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Word Origin and History for collies'

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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