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Coll, Col, n. Also: colle, koll. [ME. and OE. col, ON. kol. Cf. Cole n.1]

1. = Cole n.1 1. Chiefly pl. 1453 Misc. Spald. C. V. 49.
For heddyr, peatis, and collis
1497 Treas. Acc. I. 379.
For collis to wyrk the irne grath with
1512 Dunferm. B. Rec. 186.
The wranguus takyne of a leid fra him of collis
1552–3 Edinb. Old Acc. I. 71.
For the furnessing of the collis to the tolbuyth in the winter cessioun
1571–2 Haddington Treas. Acc.
Sex laid of collis that wes brunt in the tolbuith
1603 Montgomery Mem. 248.
Gifin to the man that gef me cols and temir to my chamber, ij s.
1629 M. Works Acc. XXV. 14 b.
For four bolles of kolles carying
1633 Lithgow Poet. Rem. 108.
Some colles are fund, in Earths profoundest cell
1643 Tulliallan Coal Wks. 7 b.
Peyitt for in aburd putting of … small collis
1702 Household Bk. Gr. Baillie 63.
For 5 scor lods colls to Edmistons man
fig. 1596 Dalr. II. 99/21.
Quhill a new fyr kendlet the alde col, a new strife steiret vp the alde diskyndnes

2. = Cole n.1 2. c1590 J. Stewart 86/219.
Vith cake [= chalk], vith coll, and pensile scharp alway
1600 Reg. Privy C. VI. 170.
[To cease from all] forder waisting or melling with the said coll
1605 Aberd. B. Rec. II. 266.
That na schip … be sufferit to enter … with wairis or merchandice, except coll and lymb
1639 Wemyss Chart. 226.
The restrent off [exporting] coll and salt
1660 Peebles B. Rec. 424.
Payd for ten stone of colle furnished to the gaird
1669 Wemyss Corr. 112.
The first shipe that was leade in my herbure of Methill with colle and salt
1696 Wemyss of Bogie MS.
He … brought his bark loadened with coalls and lyvered the said coll

3. The snuff of a candle. 1600-1610 Melvill 85.
The student colling his candle in a morning, the coll falles throw the laft

4. Attrib. and comb. with -bearer, black, bott (boat), ever (horse), gait, hous, riddell, -stailer (stealer). 1682 Bk. Old Edinb. C. VIII. 136.
Isobell Rae, colbearer
1606 Birnie Kirk-b. xix. 37.
As by our col-blacke behauiour heerein we are lyke to doe to God
1600-1610 Melvill 252.
We schippit in weill unadvysedlie, … in a coll-bott
c1500-c1512 Dunb. lxi. 15.
To colleveris than man I skip, That scabbit ar
1587 Laing Chart. 284.
[Carbones] adducendi cum viis competentibus lie coll gaittis
1633 M. Works Acc. XXV. 20 b.
Ane key to the kolhous dore
1637 Brechin Test. V. 221.
Ane brokin tayings, ane coll riddell
1686 Reg. Privy C. 3 Ser. XIII. 36.
He … offered to take a link from a boy, and therupon some of the colstailers fell upon him

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