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English

Etymology

From Middle English cole (coal) + -y

Adjective

colly (comparative colli, superlative er)

Positive
colly

Comparative
colli

Superlative
er

  1. (UK, dialectal) black as coal
    ... four colly birds . . . - Twelve Days of Christmas

Verb

Infinitive
to colly

Third person singular
collies

Simple past
collied

Past participle
-

Present participle
collying

to colly (third-person singular simple present collies, present participle collying, simple past and past participle collied)
  1. (transitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) to make black, as with coal

Noun

Singular
colly

Plural
collies

colly (collies)
  1. (UK, dialectal) Soot.
  2. (UK, dialectal) A blackbird
  3. (dated) Alternative spelling of collie.
    • 1833, William Craig Brownlee, The Whigs of Scotland: Or, The Last of the Stuarts, vol. 2[1], page 30,  
      Can a Whig lick the feet o' the tyrant wha usurps oor Lord's throne, and accept o' ane indulgence frae him, hurled to him as a bane to a colly dog, binding himself to think as he thinks, and to preach as he wulls it; and to flatter tyranny in church and state, to win a paltry boon!
    • 1847, Thomas Miller, The Boy's Country Book[2], page 80,  
      On the moors and mountains of Scotland the shepherd sends out his colly with the sheep, far out of his sight, conscious that when he sets out to look for them, they will be found herded safely together.
    • 1861, Francis Galton, Vacation Tourists and Notes of Travel in 1860[3], page 139,  
      Colly dog's early training is a rude one, but I think that it is mutual, and that the shepherd picks up a good deal of dog during the process.

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