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  • adj. black as coal
  • v. to make black, as with coal
  • n. Soot.
  • n. A blackbird
  • n. Alternative spelling of collie.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The black grime or soot of coal.
  • transitive v. To render black or dark, as of with coal smut; to begrime.
  • n. A kind of dog. See collie.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make foul or dirty; grime, as with the smut of coal; blacken.
  • n. The black grime or soot of coal or burned wood.
  • n. See collie.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make soiled, filthy, or dirty


From Middle English cole ("coal") + -y (Wiktionary)



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