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coly

[koh-lee] /ˈkoʊ li/
noun, plural colies.
1.
any of several slender, fruit-eating, African birds constituting the family Coliidae, having grayish-brown plumage and a long, pointed tail.
Also called mousebird.
Origin of coly
< New Latin colius < Greek koliós green woodpecker
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  • They stood at the end of the platform, watching the train driving quickly up the valley until it stopped at coly.

    Changing Winds St. John G. Ervine
  • colyton is a small market-town, beautifully situated in the coly valley, near the border of Dorset, with a fine church.

    Devonshire Francis A. Knight
  • "coly" took a team to-day and I am restored to my old position of No. 6, which I like the best of any.

    An Artilleryman's Diary Jenkin Lloyd Jones
British Dictionary definitions for coly

coly

/ˈkəʊlɪ/
noun (pl) -lies
1.
any of the arboreal birds of the genus Colius, family Coliidae, and order Coliiformes, of southern Africa. They have a soft hairlike plumage, crested head, and very long tail Also called mousebird
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin colius, probably from Greek kolios woodpecker
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