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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If the collie wasn't there, the chihuahua would've been run over. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Home Security Camera Catches a Border Collie Saving a Tiny Chihuahua's Life," 15 Apr. 2019 Ace Mask of Brea will be attending for his fifth year, with plans to educate the public about collie dogs. Jessica Peralta,, "America’s Family Pet Expo returns to OC Fair & Event Center," 19 Apr. 2018 When Rob Roy, a favorite collie, fell ill in 1928, Coolidge rushed him not to a veterinarian, but to Walter Reed Army Hospital for surgery. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "For His Patriotic Birthday, Five Facts About Calvin Coolidge," 2 July 2018 Also, the restaurant’s prodigious collection of dog photos soon will grow by three: her longhaired Chihuahua named Thor, a Jack Russell-pug mix called Tony, and a Jack Russell-border collie mix, Mickey. Michael Klein,, "Carolynn Angle is new chef at Good Dog Bar in Center City," 1 June 2018 After the free spirited collie obliviously stumbled upon the country's most in demand item, Corbett did the honourable thing and went straight to the local police station to hand it in; breathless, ecstatic... and still in his slippers., "World Cup Countdown: 13 Weeks to Go - The Story of Pickles the Dog & the Jules Rimet Trophy," 22 Mar. 2018 Having only taken ownership of the four-year-old, mixed breed collie named Pickles after his brother John grew tired of having his furniture chewed up, Corbett's luck had been atmospherically high., "World Cup Countdown: 13 Weeks to Go - The Story of Pickles the Dog & the Jules Rimet Trophy," 22 Mar. 2018 At the same time, two staff members rode in a wagon drawn by a pair of miniature horses no bigger than a collie. James Ewinger,, "Babies abound at Lake Metroparks' Farmpark (photos, video)," 21 Mar. 2018 Round of 64 10 Providence Friars vs. 7 Texas A&M Aggies Texas A&M's nickname is the Aggies, but the mascot is actually a rough collie named Reveille (think Lassie). Adam Woodard, USA TODAY, "March Madness: What if the Mascots played in the NCAA tournament?," 13 Mar. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of collie

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


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Kids Definition of collie

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

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