(3 syl.). A poetical name for a cook; being, of course, compounded of coal and mire.
`Could I,' he cried, `express how bright a grace Adorns thy morning hands and well-washed face, Thou wouldst, Colemira, grant what I implore, And yield me love, or wash thy face no more.'
Shenstone: Colemira, an Eclogue.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894