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galah

[ guh-lah ]

noun

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


galah

/ ɡəˈlɑː /

noun

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


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Word History and Origins

Origin of galah1

First recorded in 1885–90; from Yuwaalaraay (an Australian Aboriginal language spoken near Lightning Ridge, northern New South Wales) gilā
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Word History and Origins

Origin of galah1

C19: from a native Australian language
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Example Sentences

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

Chop-chop means "very fast;" maskee, "don't mind;" Topside Galah, "Excelsior, hurrah!"

One called by a name approximating to galah-fish is found in Malyan waters, viz.

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