gol·li·wog or gol·li·wogg (gŏlē-wŏg′)
A doll fashioned in grotesque caricature of a black male.
[After Golliwog, a doll character in books by Bertha Upton (1849-1912), British-born American author, and her daughter, Florence Upton (1873-1922), American-born British illustrator.]
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