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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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noun plural -leae (-lɪˌiː)
  1. 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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galea in Medicine


n. pl. ga•le•ae (-lē-ē′)
  1. An anatomical structure shaped like a helmet.
  2. The aponeurosis connecting the occipitofrontal muscle to form the epicranium.
  3. A type of bandage for covering the head.
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