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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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  • Dogs are capering about, a collie, a setter, a Boston terrier.

  • And it would have gone hard with him had not collie appeared on the scene.

    White Fang Jack London
  • With the exception of collie, all things went well with White Fang.

    White Fang Jack London
  • collie snarled warningly at him, and he was careful to keep his distance.

    White Fang Jack London
  • Before they had gone two blocks, Mrs. Nancy had named the collie David.

    Peak and Prairie Anna Fuller
  • I don't know what a collie is but I have fun with Bobby all the time.

    My Friend Bobby Alan Edward Nourse
  • "We had a collie that consumed three rabbits once," laughed Addie.

  • Indeed, it was hard to tell offhand, although he had the keen head of a collie.

    The Lady and the Pirate Emerson Hough
  • Four of them were left with their mother, and four of them were placed in charge of a collie.

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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