It may be a visual pun on her surname, since the Greek for ermine or stoat is galay.
The Countess deftly steered the lifeboat, a resolute and unlikely vision in her ermine and pearls.
The ermine was also written about by Leonardo as a symbol of her purity.
He went home with the Colonel and his wife; he has quite lost his heart to ermine.
ermine, do you mean to say that you see me a wicked creature like a Jew?
As a worm through a wardrobe, that man ate through velvet and ermine, and gnawed out the hearts that beat in his way.
“And I can do very well without a hood,” added ermine quickly.
The wolf rose to its feet with a snap as the half-breed and ermine approached, curling their lariats.
To this safe refuge ermine was able to drag herself when the morning broke.
"She is not a strong-minded woman, she only has been made to believe herself one," said ermine, warmly.
late 12c., from Old French ermine (12c., Modern French hermine), both the animal and the fur, apparently from a convergence of Latin (mus) Armenius "Armenian (mouse)," ermines being abundant in Asia Minor; and an unrelated Germanic word for "weasel" (cf. Old High German harmo "ermine, stoat, weasel," adj. harmin; Old Saxon harmo, Old English hearma "shrew," etc.) that happened to sound like it.