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[lob-lol-ee] /ˈlɒbˌlɒl i/
noun, plural loblollies.
South Midland and Southern U.S. a mire; mudhole.
a thick gruel.
Origin of loblolly
1590-1600; compare dial. (Yorkshire) lob (of porridge) to bubble while boiling; second element, as in lobscouse, is obscure Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for loblolly
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  • The tree was the frankincense, or loblolly pine (Pinus toeda).

    The Quadroon Mayne Reid
  • It is small for long-leaf and white pine and great for loblolly and Norway pines.

    Seasoning of Wood Joseph B. Wagner
  • The amount of loblolly pine timber in this country is not known.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • Two crops of loblolly sawlogs can be harvested in that time.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • loblolly boy, a derisive term for a surgeons mate in the navy.

    The Slang Dictionary John Camden Hotten
  • I've been called that so often, and become so accustomed to it, and "loblolly boy," that it had no effect.

    The Boy Spy Joseph Kerby
  • But with loblolly and still more with shortleaf this seems not to be the case.

  • The loblolly pine, important as a lumber tree, extends along the coast from New Jersey to Texas.

    Trees Worth Knowing Julia Ellen Rogers
  • The loblolly or old field pine chooses land generally sterile and otherwise worthless.

    Trees Worth Knowing Julia Ellen Rogers
  • We had got beyond the denser thickets of the loblolly pine, and could better see what we were about.

British Dictionary definitions for loblolly


noun (pl) -lies
a southern US pine tree, Pinus taeda, with bright red-brown bark, green needle-like leaves, and reddish-brown cones
(nautical) a thick gruel
(US, dialect) a mire; mudhole
Word Origin
C16: perhaps from dialect lob to boil + obsolete dialect lolly thick soup
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for loblolly

"thick gruel," 1590s, probably from lob, imitative of bubbling and boiling + lolly, obsolete Devonshire dialect word for "broth, soup, food boiled in a pot."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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