Definition of roly-poly in English:


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Pronunciation: /rəʊlɪˈpəʊli




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  • 1 (also roly-poly pudding) [mass noun] British A pudding made of a sheet of suet pastry covered with jam or fruit, formed into a roll, and steamed or baked: a nice bit of jam roly-poly
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    • The list of puddings included deep pan apple pie, jam roly-poly and treacle sponge.
    • They will be cooking chicken rogan josh followed by apple and cinnamon roly-poly in the final.
    • Formerly roly-poly pudding was boiled in a pudding cloth; but the skill of enclosing a pudding of this shape in a cloth has now mostly been lost.
  • 2Australian A bushy tumbleweed.
    • Several species, in particular a saltwort (Salsola kali, family Chenopodiaceae) which is able to grow away from saline habitats


early 17th century: fanciful formation from the verb roll.

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