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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Most of the dogs competing are border collies, a breed much more intelligent than my own mutts, possibly smarter than me.
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Origin and Etymology of collie
probably from English dialect colly black
First Known Use: circa 1651
COLLIE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of collie for English Language Learners
: a large type of dog with long hair and a long pointed nose
COLLIE Defined for Kids
Definition of collie for Students
: a large usually long-haired dog of Scottish origin that has been used to herd sheep
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