A medium-to-large dog of a breed originating in Scotland as a sheepdog, having a long narrow muzzle and either a long rough coat or a short smooth coat, depending on the variety.
[Scots, perhaps variant of colly, like coal, from Middle English col, coal; see COAL.]
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