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n. pl. lob·lol·lies
1. Chiefly Southern US A mudhole; a mire.
2. The loblolly pine.

[Perhaps dialectal lob, to bubble + lolly, broth.]
Word History: In some regional dialects of the American South, the term loblolly is used to refer to a mire or mudhole. The word is a combination of lob, probably an onomatopoeic word suggesting the thick heavy bubbling of cooking porridge, and lolly, an old British dialect word meaning "broth, soup, or any other food boiled in a pot." Thus, loblolly originally denoted thick porridge or gruel, especially that eaten by sailors onboard ship. The meaning of the word in American dialects of the South makes allusion to the consistency of such porridge. The name loblolly has become associated with several varieties of trees as well, all of which favor wet bottomlands or swamps in the Gulf and South Atlantic states. Among these is the loblolly pine (Pinus taeda), whose strong wood is used as lumber and for paper pulp.
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n, pl -lies
1. (Plants) a southern US pine tree, Pinus taeda, with bright red-brown bark, green needle-like leaves, and reddish-brown cones
2. (Nautical Terms) nautical a thick gruel
3. (Physical Geography) dialect US a mire; mudhole
[C16: perhaps from dialect lob to boil + obsolete dialect lolly thick soup]
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(ˈlɒbˌlɒl i)

n., pl. -lies.
1. South Midland and Southern U.S. a mire; mudhole.
2. a thick gruel.
[1590–1600; compare dial. (Yorkshire) lob (of porridge) to bubble while boiling; second element is obscure]
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Noun1.loblolly - thick gruel
gruel - a thin porridge (usually oatmeal or cornmeal)
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Most of the walk was through the rural coastal Georgia landscape which seeped into my bones as I walked through it mile after mile after mile--the ancient live oaks and the loblolly pines, the grasses and reeds and tannic colored water in the swamps and wetlands, the egrets quietly hunting or startled and taking wing, the ubiquitous Spanish moss cloaking the area in mystery.
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"Dorchester County is just acres upon acres of Spartina grasses, needlerushes and loblolly pines. And that hasn't changed since Tubman's time." Harp has been amazed at how the park has already affected the town of Cambridge, where he lives.
"Aside from fields of soybeans, corn and clover, I have a very large and thick stand of loblolly pines, a couple creek bottoms, marsh and hardwoods that border the creek bottoms and extend into the agricultural fields.
While conducting monthly trapping to measure density and distribution of the rodent populations for demographic studies of meadow voles (Longtin and Rose, 2012) and hispid cotton rats (Green and Rose, 2009), we observed hundreds of volunteer loblolly pines that had been partially or completely girdled to a height of 15-18 cm, consistent with girdling by rodents.
Loblolly pines are a major resource for the timber industry in the Southeast and are susceptible to a number of fungal diseases.
Ancient oaks and a smattering of loblolly pines shade us while the sun seeps delicately through the branches.
The obvious appearance of stem sinuosity in juvenile loblolly pines has led to many foresters and scientists holding the view that trees that exhibit the deformity will be deformed at the time of harvest.
Since the fire in the park, an isolated region of drought-resistant loblolly pines, park officials have also chopped down leaning or burned trees that could have fallen on roads or campsites, battled erosion and rerouted hiking trails.
I am a very small-scale tree farmer, mostly loblolly pines, but fruit trees too.
Loblolly pines can cross-pollinate with other closely related pine species, and typically are grown for 25 to 35 years before harvest.