[ gey-lee-uh ]
/ ˈgeɪ li ə /

noun, plural ga·le·ae [gey-lee-ee] /ˈgeɪ liˌi/.

Botany. a part of the calyx or corolla having the form of a helmet, as the upper lip of the corolla of the monkshood.
Anatomy. any of several helmet-shaped structures.

Nearby words

  1. galcha,
  2. galdós, benito pérez,
  3. gale,
  4. gale warning,
  5. gale, zona,
  6. galeate,
  7. galeiform,
  8. galen,
  9. galena,
  10. galenic

Origin of galea

1700–10; < Latin: helmet Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for galea


/ (ˈɡeɪlɪə) /

noun plural -leae (-lɪˌiː)

a part or organ shaped like a helmet or hood, such as the petals of certain flowers
Derived Formsgaleate or galeated, adjectivegaleiform, adjective

Word Origin for galea

C18: from Latin: helmet

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Medicine definitions for galea


[ gālē-ə ]

n. pl. ga•le•ae (-lē-ē′)

An anatomical structure shaped like a helmet.
The aponeurosis connecting the occipitofrontal muscle to form the epicranium.
A type of bandage for covering the head.

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