col·​lie | \ ˈkä-lē How to pronounce collie (audio) \

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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Examples of collie in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The collie landed 10 feet down, its fall stopped by a clump of bushes. Washington Post, 4 May 2022 This Border collie is seriously doubting her career decisions. Jake Goldwasser, The New Yorker, 9 Feb. 2022 Brown had few friends her age, counting among her closest companions a cat, a collie, two squirrels, and dozens of rabbits. Anna Holmes, The New Yorker, 31 Jan. 2022 Kerry McNab has a black lab-collie mix named Buster who got neutered on the day of the Giants 2014 World Series parade. Matthias Gafni, San Francisco Chronicle, 4 Nov. 2021 According to a release from the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, the U.K. animal rescue organization is caring for a 10-year-old collie named Marley. Kelli Bender,, 18 Oct. 2021 Essentially, the beloved collie named Lassie is out on a wilderness romp with a human that happens to get trapped or somehow hurt, being unable to make their way back to civilization and safety. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 6 Oct. 2021 The wolf later attacked a terrier and a collie in Cleveland Park. Washington Post, 19 Sep. 2021 Fannie is a 6-year-old rough collie owned and bred by Frank Treviño and April Hain Treviño of Boerne. Malak Silmi, San Antonio Express-News, 14 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of collie

circa 1651, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for collie

probably from English dialect colly black

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The first known use of collie was circa 1651

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17 May 2022

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“Collie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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col·​lie | \ ˈkä-lē How to pronounce collie (audio) \

Kids Definition of collie

: a large usually long-haired dog of Scottish origin that has been used to herd sheep

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