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coly Line breaks: coly
Pronunciation: /ˈkəʊli/

Definition of coly in English:

noun (plural colies)

Another term for mousebird.
Example sentences
  • Some facultatively hypothermic species (colies, several coraciiforms) alleviate this cost by group roosting on the nest, but this adaptation has not led to the evolution of joint laying.
  • Two shared, derived characters of the syrinx imply a relationship between parrots and colies.
  • Mousebirds, or colies, are of the order Coliiformes.


Mid 19th century: from modern Latin Colius, from Greek kolios, denoting a type of woodpecker.

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