- of or containing gallium, especially in the trivalent state.
Origin of gallic1
- pertaining to or derived from plant galls: gallic acid.
Origin of gallic2
Origin of Gallic
Examples from the Web for gallic
Mid-90s Gallic nuclear testing is blamed for mutating a native iguana species of Tahiti.A Comprehensive History of Toho’s Original Kaiju (and Atomic Allegory) Godzilla
May 18, 2014
Besides a trove of data showing that the rich really are getting much richer, the book is full of peppery Gallic asides.We Need More Class Traitors: Solving America’s Meritocracy Problem
April 20, 2014
In this era of multibillion-dollar bailouts of private banking institutions, $22 billion should scarcely raise a Gallic eyebrow.Why Haiti's Earthquake Is France's Problem
January 14, 2010
“I was starting a new collection and feeling a little depressed,” the 45-year-old says with her strong Gallic lilt.Michelle's Secret Weapon
June 4, 2009
The tribes living in Gaul were not at that time called French, but Gallic.
The Gallic chieftains were adorned with gold necklaces, bracelets, and rings.
They reflect a gallic irony compact of pity and understanding.
His English was careful and correct, yet as Gallic as his face itself.Peak and Prairie
The one group was thought to be British in its sympathies, the other Gallic.Union and Democracy
- of or containing gallium in the trivalent state
- of, relating to, or derived from plant galls
- of or relating to France
- of or relating to ancient Gaul or the Gauls
Word Origin and History for gallic
1670s, from Latin Gallicus "pertaining to Gaul or the Gauls," from Latin Gallia "Gaul" and Gallus "a Gaul" from a native Celtic name (see Gaelic), though some connect the word with prehistoric West Germanic *walkhoz "foreigners" (see Welsh). Originally used in English rhetorically or mockingly for "French." The cock as a symbol of France is based on the pun of Gallus "a Gaul" and Latin gallus "cock."
It means not simply 'French,' but 'characteristically', 'delightfully', 'distressingly', or 'amusingly' 'French' ... not 'of France', but 'of the typical Frenchman'. [Fowler]