- an assistant to the surgeon on board a ship.
Origin of loblolly boy
First recorded in 1740–50
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None of your fresh-water and loblolly-boy terms, if you please.
- British navy (formerly) a boy or man acting as a medical orderly on board ship
C18: from loblolly sense 2, applied to a ship's doctor's medicines