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loblolly boy

noun, Obsolete.
an assistant to the surgeon on board a ship.
Origin of loblolly boy
First recorded in 1740-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for loblolly boy
Historical Examples
  • 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
  • I laid my hand on the rope, and together we drew the loblolly boy upward and out under the blue of heaven.

    Latitude 19 degree Mrs. Schuyler Crowninshield
British Dictionary definitions for loblolly boy

loblolly boy

(Brit, navy) (formerly) a boy or man acting as a medical orderly on board ship
Word Origin
C18: from loblolly sense 2, applied to a ship's doctor's medicines
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