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[koh-lee] /ˈkoʊ li/
noun, plural colies.
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 Unabridged
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noun (pl) -lies
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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