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galligaskins

[ gal-i-gas-kinz ]
/ ˌgæl ɪˈgæs kɪnz /
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noun (used with a plural verb)
loose hose or breeches worn in the 16th and 17th centuries.
loose breeches in general.
leggings or gaiters, usually of leather.
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Origin of galligaskins

1570–80; earlier gallogascaine(s), galigascon(s), of obscure origin; final element is perhaps Gascon (later assimilated to -kin)
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British Dictionary definitions for galligaskins

galligaskins

gallygaskins

/ (ˌɡælɪˈɡæskɪnz) /

pl n
loose wide breeches or hose, esp as worn by men in the 17th century
leather leggings, as worn in the 19th century

Word Origin for galligaskins

C16: from obsolete French garguesques, from Italian grechesco Greek, from Latin Graecus
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