Definition of coly in English:

coly

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Pronunciation: /ˈkəʊli
 
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noun (plural colies)

  • another term for mousebird.
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    • 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.

Origin

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

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