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gallic1

[gal-ik]
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adjective Chemistry.
  1. of or containing gallium, especially in the trivalent state.
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Origin of gallic1

gallic2

[gal-ik, gaw-lik]
adjective
  1. pertaining to or derived from plant galls: gallic acid.
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Origin of gallic2

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

Gallic

[gal-ik]
adjective
  1. pertaining to the Gauls or Gaul.
  2. pertaining to the French or France.
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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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gallic1

adjective
  1. of or containing gallium in the trivalent state
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Word Origin

C18: from gall (ium) + -ic

gallic2

adjective
  1. of, relating to, or derived from plant galls
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Word Origin

C18: from French gallique; see gall ³

Gallic

adjective
  1. of or relating to France
  2. 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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