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loblolly

[lob-lol-ee]
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noun, plural lob·lol·lies.
  1. South Midland and Southern U.S. a mire; mudhole.
  2. a thick gruel.
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Origin of loblolly

1590–1600; compare dial. (Yorkshire) lob (of porridge) to bubble while boiling; second element, as in lobscouse, is obscure
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Examples from the Web for loblolly

Historical Examples

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for loblolly

loblolly

noun plural -lies
  1. a southern US pine tree, Pinus taeda, with bright red-brown bark, green needle-like leaves, and reddish-brown cones
  2. nautical a thick gruel
  3. US dialect a mire; mudhole
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Word Origin

C16: perhaps from dialect lob to boil + obsolete dialect lolly thick soup
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Word Origin and History for loblolly

n.

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

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