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galah

[ guh-lah ]
/ gəˈlɑ /
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noun

an Australian cockatoo, Kakatoe roseicapilla, having rose-colored underparts.
Australian. a fool.

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Origin of galah

First recorded in 1885–90; from Yuwaalaraay (an Australian Aboriginal language spoken near Lightning Ridge, northern New South Wales) gilā
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Example sentences from the Web for 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
  • Chop-chop means "very fast;" maskee, "don't mind;" Topside Galah, "Excelsior, hurrah!"

    Across America|James F. Rusling
  • One called by a name approximating to galah-fish is found in Malyan waters, viz.

    The Bbur-nma in English|Babur, Emperor of Hindustan

British Dictionary definitions for galah

galah
/ (ɡəˈlɑː) /

noun

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

Word Origin for galah

C19: from a native Australian language
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