- a strong cotton fabric, plain or striped, for clothing.
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
- 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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Examples from the Web for galatea
The European side contains the Galatea tower, the Beyogolou district, the things one reads about when learning about Istanbul.The Model Diaries: In Turkey, It’s No Breasts, No Jobs
January 18, 2014
Humour he had in plenty; one has only to recall Acis and Galatea.Handel
Edward J. Dent
It is not our design to give any description of the galatea's crew.
The galatea must go on manned by her own people, and the old Indian, who was to act as pilot.
There might be such a strait as that through which the galatea was gliding.
Our Futurist Pygmalion (on seeing his Galatea come to life).
- a strong twill-weave cotton fabric, striped or plain, for clothing
C19: named after the man-of-war HMS Galatea (the fabric was at one time in demand for children's sailor suits)
- 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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