[ kol-ee ]
/ ˈkɒl i /
verb (used with object), col·lied, col·ly·ing.
to blacken as with coal dust; begrime.
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We remember these words later, when the sun of reason is 'collied,' blackened and blotted out in total eclipse.Shakespearean Tragedy|A. C. Bradley
British Dictionary definitions for colly
/ (ˈkɒlɪ) archaic, or dialect /
noun plural -lies
soot or grime, such as coal dust
verb collies, collying or collied
(tr) to begrime; besmirch
Word Origin for colly
C16: ultimately from Old English col coal
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