Definition of colly
dialectal, chiefly British
: to blacken with or as if with soot
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On a brilliant Tuesday morning in mid-May, the Border collies Quinn and Max hopped the 7 a.m. ferry to Governors Island to look for geese.
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Origin and Etymology of colly
alteration of Middle English colwen, from Old English *colgian, from Old English col coal
First Known Use: 1590
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