[ gey-lee-uh ]

noun,plural ga·le·ae [gey-lee-ee]. /ˈgeɪ liˌi/.
  1. Botany. a part of the calyx or corolla having the form of a helmet, as the upper lip of the corolla of the monkshood.

  2. Anatomy. any of several helmet-shaped structures.

Origin of galea

1700–10; <Latin: helmet

Words Nearby galea Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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British Dictionary definitions for galea


/ (ˈɡeɪlɪə) /

nounplural -leae (-lɪˌiː)
  1. a part or organ shaped like a helmet or hood, such as the petals of certain flowers

Origin of galea

C18: from Latin: helmet

Derived forms of galea

  • galeate or galeated, adjective
  • galeiform, adjective

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