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loblolly boy

noun Obsolete.
  1. an assistant to the surgeon on board a ship.
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Origin of loblolly boy

First recorded in 1740–50
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Historical Examples of loblolly boy

  • None of your fresh-water and loblolly-boy terms, if you please.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Vol. 60, No. 373, November 1846


British Dictionary definitions for loblolly boy

loblolly boy

loblolly man

  1. British navy (formerly) a boy or man acting as a medical orderly on board ship
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Word Origin for loblolly boy

C18: from loblolly sense 2, applied to a ship's doctor's medicines
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