noun \ˈkä-lē\

: a large type of dog with long hair and a long pointed nose

Full Definition of COLLIE

:  any of a breed of large dogs developed in Scotland that occur in rough-coated and smooth-coated varieties and have erect ears and a long muzzle

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Origin of COLLIE

probably from English dialect colly black
First Known Use: circa 1651


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Collie—Sally Anne Thompson/EB Inc.

Breed of working dog developed in Great Britain, probably by the 18th century. The rough-coated variety was originally used to guard and herd sheep; the smooth-coated variety was used to drive livestock to market. Both varieties are lithe dogs with a tapering head, almond-shaped eyes, and erect ears that tip forward at the ends. They stand 22–26 in. (56–66 cm) tall, weigh 50–75 lb (23–34 kg), and may be variously coloured. See also border collie.


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