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Col·lins 1 (kŏlĭnz), Michael 1890-1922.
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Irish nationalist and Sinn Fein leader who served as Director of Intelligence for the Irish Republican Army during the War of Independence and was one of the Irish delegates who negotiated the treaty with Britain that led to the Irish Free State (1922). He was assassinated during the Irish Civil War in an ambush by antitreaty forces.
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Michael Collins1

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Col·lins 2 (kŏlĭnz), Michael Born 1930.
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American astronaut who as a crew member of Apollo 11 piloted the spacecraft during its historic mission to the moon (1969). He orbited the moon alone while Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin made the first manned lunar landing.

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Collins, William 1721-1759.
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British writer whose lyric poems such as "Ode to Evening" laid the stylistic and thematic groundwork for Romanticism.

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Collins, (William) Wilkie 1824-1889.
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British writer noted for his pioneering mystery novels, including The Woman in White (1860) and The Moonstone (1868).

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Collins, William J. Known as "Billy." Born 1941.
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American poet whose poems have appeared in collections such as Questions About Angels (1991) and The Art of Drowning (1995) and who served as US poet laureate (2001-2003).

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col·lins (kŏlənz)
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n.
A tall iced drink made with liquor, such as gin, carbonated water, sugar, and lemon or lime juice.

[Probably from the name Collins.]

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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices

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    The Indo-European appendix covers nearly half of the Indo-European roots that have left their mark on English words. A more complete treatment of Indo-European roots and the English words derived from them is available in our Dictionary of Indo-European Roots.

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