colly

colly

[kol-ee] British Dialect.
verb (used with object), collied, collying.
1.
to blacken as with coal dust; begrime.
noun
2.
grime; soot.

Origin:
1555–65; variant of collow (v.), Middle English colwen, derivative of Old English col coal; see -y1

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colly (ˈkɒlɪ)
 
n , pl -lies
1.  soot or grime, such as coal dust
 
vb , -lies, collies, collying, collied
2.  (tr) to begrime; besmirch
 
[C16: ultimately from Old English colcoal]

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