from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- v. To make foul or dirty; grime, as with the smut of coal; blacken.
- n. The black grime or soot of coal or burned wood.
He's the raven master who looks after nine very large, very important colly birds -- black ravens.
Not as I could find i 'my heart to let him stay i' the coal-hole more nor a minute, but it was enough to colly him all over, so as he must be new washed and dressed, and it was as good as a rod to him -- that was.
The word 'colly' comes from 'coal'.