from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A medium-to-large dog of a breed originating in Scotland as a sheepdog, having a long narrow muzzle and either a long thick straight coat or a short hard flat coat, depending on the variety.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of various breeds of dog originating in Scotland and England as sheepdogs
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The Scotch shepherd dog. There are two breeds, the rough-haired and smooth-haired. It is remarkable for its intelligence, displayed especially in caring for flocks.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A sheep-dog; a variety of dog especially common in Scotland, much esteemed by shepherds and also by dog-fanciers.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a silky-coated sheepdog with a long ruff and long narrow head developed in Scotland
Scots, perhaps variant of colly, like coal, from Middle English col, coal; see coal.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Perhaps originally from coal, with reference to its colour. (Wiktionary)