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[gol-ee-wog] /ˈgɒl iˌwɒg/

noun, (sometimes initial capital letter)
a grotesque black doll.
a grotesque person.
a soft doll with a black face, usually made of cloth or rags

“grotesque blackface doll,” 1895, coined by English children’s book author and illustrator Florence K. Upton (1873-1922), perhaps from golly + polliwog.


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