Definition of coly in English:
noun (plural colies)
Another term for mousebird.
- 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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