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[gey-lee-uh] /ˈgeɪ li ə/
noun, plural galeae
[gey-lee-ee] /ˈgeɪ liˌi/ (Show IPA)
Botany. a part of the calyx or corolla having the form of a helmet, as the upper lip of the corolla of the monkshood.
Anatomy. any of several helmet-shaped structures.
Origin of galea
1700-10; < Latin: helmet Unabridged
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noun (pl) -leae (-lɪˌiː)
a part or organ shaped like a helmet or hood, such as the petals of certain flowers
Derived Forms
galeate, galeated, adjective
galeiform, adjective
Word Origin
C18: from Latin: helmet
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galea in Medicine

galea ga·le·a (gā'lē-ə)
n. pl. ga·le·ae (-lē-ē')

  1. An anatomical structure shaped like a helmet.

  2. The aponeurosis connecting the occipitofrontal muscle to form the epicranium.

  3. A type of bandage for covering the head.

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