lol·li·pop also lol·ly·pop (lŏlē-pŏp′)
A confection consisting of a piece of hard candy attached to the end of a small stick.
[Perhaps from dialectal lolly, tongue (from LOLL, to dangle the tongue) + POP1, or from Romani (British dialect) loli phabai, red apple, candy apple : lolo, loli, red (from Middle Indic lohita-, from Sanskrit, from loha-, red; see reudh- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots) + phabai, apple (of Indic origin; akin to Torwali (Dardic language of northwest Pakistan) babaí).]
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