Origin of galah

1885–90; < Yuwaalaraay (Australian Aboriginal language spoken near Lightning Ridge, N New South Wales) gilā Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for galah

Historical Examples of galah

  • One had brought the pink feathers of a Galah, which had been stuck here and there amongst the twigs.

    Dot and the Kangaroo

    Ethel C. Pedley

British Dictionary definitions for galah


  1. an Australian cockatoo, Kakatoe roseicapilla, having grey wings, back, and crest and a pink body
  2. Australian slang a fool or simpleton

Word Origin for galah

C19: from a native Australian language
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