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colly

[kol-ee] /ˈkɒl i/
verb (used with object), collied, collying.
1.
to blacken as with coal dust; begrime.
noun
2.
grime; soot.
Origin
1555-1565
1555-65; variant of collow (v.), Middle English colwen, derivative of Old English col coal; see -y1
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British Dictionary definitions for colly

colly

/ˈkɒlɪ/
noun (pl) -lies
1.
soot or grime, such as coal dust
verb collies, collying, collied
2.
(transitive) to begrime; besmirch
Word Origin
C16: ultimately from Old English colcoal
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