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Dictionary Definition

lollipop

Noun

1 ice cream or water ice on a small wooden stick; "in England a popsicle is called an ice lolly" [syn: ice lolly, lolly, popsicle]
2 hard candy on a stick [syn: sucker, all-day sucker]

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English

Alternative spellings

Noun

  1. A sweet consisting of a piece of candy attached to a stick ; sucker (US)

Translations

The sweet
  • Chinese: 棒棒糖 (bàngbàngtáng)
  • Danish: slikkepind, slikpind
  • French: sucette
  • German: Dauerlutscher, Lolli, Lollipop, Lutscher
  • Greek: γλειφιτζούρι
  • Icelandic: sleikipinni, sleikjó
  • Irish: líreacán
  • Italian: lecca-lecca
  • Japanese: 飴ん棒 (あめんぼう, amenbō)
  • Spanish: chupachús italbrac Spain, chupeta , chupete , chupetín , colombina italbrac Colombia, cóyac , paleta de caramelo , pirulí italbrac Spain

Synonyms

Extensive Definition

A lollipop, pop, lolly, sucker, dum-dum, or sticky-pop is a type of confectionery consisting mainly of hardened, flavored sucrose with corn syrup mounted on a stick and intended for sucking or licking. They are available in many flavors and shapes.

Types

Lollipops are available in a number of colors and flavors, particularly fruit flavors. In Europe, especially the Nordic countries, Germany and the Netherlands, salmiakki-flavored lollipops are also available, but these are largely unknown in other parts of the world. With numerous companies producing lollipops, the candy now comes in dozens of flavors and many different shapes. They range from small ones which can be bought by the hundred and are often given away for free at banks, barbershops, etc., to very large ones made out of candy canes twisted into a circle.
Some lollipops contain fillings, such as bubble gum or soft candy. Some novelty lollipops have more unusual items, such as mealworm larvae, embedded in the candy.
Some lollipops have been marketed for use as diet aids, although their effectiveness is untested, and anecdotal cases of weight loss may be due to the power of suggestion.

History

The idea of a hard candy on a stick is fairly simple, and it is probable that the lollipop has been invented and reinvented numerous times. The word "lolly-pop" dates to 1784, but initially referred to soft, rather than hard candy. The term probably derived from the term "lolly" (tongue) and "pop" (slap). The first references to the lollipop in its modern context date to the 1920s.
The first confectioneries that closely resemble what we call lollipops date to the Middle Ages, when the nobility would often eat boiled sugar with the aid of sticks or handles. The invention of the modern lollipop is still something of a mystery, but a number of American companies in the early 20th century have laid claim to it.

References

lollipop in Czech: Lízátko
lollipop in Danish: Slikkepind
lollipop in German: Dauerlutscher
lollipop in Spanish: Piruleta
lollipop in French: Sucette
lollipop in Icelandic: Sleikipinni
lollipop in Italian: Lecca lecca
lollipop in Hebrew: סוכרייה על מקל
lollipop in Dutch: Lolly
lollipop in Japanese: ペロペロキャンディ
lollipop in Norwegian: Kjærlighet på pinne
lollipop in Polish: Lizak
lollipop in Portuguese: Pirulito
lollipop in Simple English: Lollipop
lollipop in Finnish: Tikkukaramelli
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