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loblolly boy

noun, Obsolete
an assistant to the surgeon on board a ship.
Origin of loblolly boy
1740-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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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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