Pronounced Pron. lo-BEEL-yə
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Contributor Contrib.ringer007 on 3/19/2006
From the name of the flowering herb, which was named for the Belgian botanist Matthias de Lobel (1538-1616). It was used by the author J. R. R. Tolkien in his novel 'The Lord of the Rings' (1954), in which it belongs to the hobbit Lobelia Sackville-Baggins.