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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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  • 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
  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for coly


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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