gallic

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[gal-ik]
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adjective Chemistry.

of or containing gallium, especially in the trivalent state.

Nearby words

  1. galli-curci, amelita,
  2. gallia,
  3. galliambic,
  4. galliano,
  5. galliard,
  6. gallic acid,
  7. gallican,
  8. gallicanism,
  9. gallice,
  10. gallicism

Origin of gallic

1

gallic

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[gal-ik, gaw-lik]

adjective

pertaining to or derived from plant galls: gallic acid.

Origin of gallic

2
1785–95; < French gallique; see gall3, -ic

Gallic

[gal-ik]

adjective

pertaining to the Gauls or Gaul.
pertaining to the French or France.

Origin of Gallic

1665–75; < Latin Gallicus, equivalent to Gall(us) a Gaul + -icus -ic

Related formsGal·li·cal·ly, adverb

Can be confusedGaelic Gallic

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British Dictionary definitions for gallic

gallic

1

adjective

of or containing gallium in the trivalent state

Word Origin for gallic

C18: from gall (ium) + -ic

adjective

of, relating to, or derived from plant galls

Word Origin for gallic

C18: from French gallique; see gall ³

Gallic

adjective

of or relating to France
of or relating to ancient Gaul or the Gauls
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Word Origin and History for gallic

Gallic

adj.

1670s, from Latin Gallicus "pertaining to Gaul or the Gauls," from Latin Gallia "Gaul" and Gallus "a Gaul" from a native Celtic name (see Gaelic), though some connect the word with prehistoric West Germanic *walkhoz "foreigners" (see Welsh). Originally used in English rhetorically or mockingly for "French." The cock as a symbol of France is based on the pun of Gallus "a Gaul" and Latin gallus "cock."

It means not simply 'French,' but 'characteristically', 'delightfully', 'distressingly', or 'amusingly' 'French' ... not 'of France', but 'of the typical Frenchman'. [Fowler]
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