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[lob-lol-ee] /ˈlɒbˌlɒl i/
noun, plural loblollies.
South Midland and Southern U.S. a mire; mudhole.
a thick gruel.
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
  • Maybe the best native species will be loblolly pine, oak and tulip-poplar.
  • He was sweating through his shirt by the time he reached a thin stand of bramble-infested loblolly edging the field.
  • loblolly is the principal commercial pine of the southeast because it grows well on a variety of sites.
  • The early research program addressed thinning and fire management in loblolly pine stands.
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
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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."

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