noun, plural co·lies.
any of several slender, fruit-eating, African birds constituting the family Coliidae, having grayish-brown plumage and a long, pointed tail.
Origin of coly
< New Latin colius < Greek koliós green woodpecker
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Historical Examples of coly
Colyton is a small market-town, beautifully situated in the Coly valley, near the border of Dorset, with a fine church.
"Coly" took a team to-day and I am restored to my old position of No. 6, which I like the best of any.
They stood at the end of the platform, watching the train driving quickly up the valley until it stopped at Coly.
British Dictionary definitions for coly
noun plural -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 tailAlso called: mousebird
Word Origin for coly
C19: from New Latin colius, probably from Greek kolios woodpecker
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