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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Recent Examples on the Web Management recalled seeing a man outside the restaurant at closing time the night before, walking what was described as a black-and-white collie and acting suspiciously. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "Would-be burglar’s dog may have dropped some evidence at the scene: Orange Police Blotter," 31 Dec. 2020 But apart from the 17 chickens, three geese, two cats, a cow, a duck and a collie called Mac, Shedd was not a sociable sort of place. The Economist, "Christmas newsletters are a form of slow social media," 16 Dec. 2020 Katharine Lee Bates, a professor of English at Wellesley College, had a chestnut-eyed collie named Hamlet and a green parrot named Polonius. National Geographic, "How ‘America the Beautiful’ was born," 3 Nov. 2020 Luckily, a neighbor helped care for the sweet 1-year-old Border collie mix by giving her and the other pups water until an Arizona Humane Society Emergency Animal Medical Technician could arrive and bring them into the shelter’s care. The Arizona Republic, "Lindsey and more pets up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week," 23 Oct. 2020 Beyond wanting to share a life, the two already share a dog, a border-collie/Labrador retriever mix. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "US-Canadian couples ask Canada to consider their plan to open border so they can reunite," 1 Aug. 2020 The dogs that shared her home Urso owned three male dogs: Blue, a two-year-old French bulldog mix weighing 55 pounds; Rocco, a smaller 2-year-old French bulldog weighing 36 pounds; and Spike, a 25-pound, 15-year-old collie mix. Francesca Giuliani-hoffman, CNN, "A woman was attacked and killed by her French bulldog mix," 24 May 2020 The $125-million film stars Harrison Ford as John Thornton opposite a CGI Saint Bernard-Scotch collie mix named Buck in an adaptation of the classic Jack London novel. al, "Weekend box office: ‘Sonic’ outruns ‘Call of the Wild’ in light weekend," 23 Feb. 2020 Her collie, named Afton, was taken to a veterinarian in critical condition, but Parma Heights Police Chief Steve Scharschmidt told Saturday that the dog is getting better and is expected to survive. Kaylee Remington,, "Pit bull attacks 85-year-old woman at Parma Heights apartment complex, police say," 10 Aug. 2019

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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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“Collie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of collie

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


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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