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galatea

[ gal-uh-tee-uh ]
/ ˌgæl əˈti ə /
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noun
a strong cotton fabric, plain or striped, for clothing.
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Origin of galatea

First recorded in 1880–85; named after the 19th-century British man-of-war H.M.S. Galatea; the fabric was once used for children's sailor suits

Other definitions for galatea (2 of 2)

Galatea
[ gal-uh-tee-uh ]
/ ˌgæl əˈti ə /

noun Classical Mythology.
a sea nymph who was the lover of Acis.
a maiden who had been an ivory statue carved by Pygmalion and brought to life by Aphrodite in response to his prayers.
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British Dictionary definitions for galatea (1 of 2)

galatea
/ (ˌɡæləˈtɪə) /

noun
a strong twill-weave cotton fabric, striped or plain, for clothing

Word Origin for galatea

C19: named after the man-of-war HMS Galatea (the fabric was at one time in demand for children's sailor suits)

British Dictionary definitions for galatea (2 of 2)

Galatea
/ (ˌɡæləˈtɪə) /

noun
Greek myth a statue of a maiden brought to life by Aphrodite in response to the prayers of the sculptor Pygmalion, who had fallen in love with his creation
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