Dictionary: GALL'FLY – GAL-LOON'ED

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An insect that punctures plants and occasions galls; the cynips. – Encyc.

GAL'LIARD, a. [Fr. gaillard, from gai, gay.]

Gay; brisk; active. [Obs.] – Chaucer.


A brisk, gay man; also, a lively dance. [Obs.] – Bacon.


Merriment; excessive gayety. [Obs.] – Brown.


Gayety. [Obs.] – Gayton.

GAL'LIC, a.1 [from Gallia, Gaul, now France.]

Pertaining to Gaul or France.

GAL'LIC, a.2 [from gall.]

Belonging to galls or oak apples; derived from galls; as, the gallic acid.

GAL'LIC-AN, a. [L. Gallicus, from Gallia, Gaul.]

Pertaining to Gaul or France; as, the Gallican church or clergy.

GAL'LI-CISM, n. [Fr. gallicisme, from Gallia, Gaul.]

A mode of speech peculiar to the French nation; an idiomatic manner of using words in the French language.

GAL-LI-GAS'KINS, n. [Qu. Caligæ Vasconum, Gascon-hose.]

Large open hose; used only in ludicrous language. – Philips.

GAL'LI-MAU-FRY, n. [Fr. gallimafrée.]

  1. A hash; a medley; a hodge-podge. [Little used.] – Spenser.
  2. Any inconsistent or ridiculous medley. – Dryden.
  3. A woman. [Not in use.] – Shak. [“Galimaufrey, a hodge-podge made up of the remnants and scraps of the larder.” – Grose's Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue. “Clear and easy words in unintelligible things are mere words without sense; and things, which are unintelligible, though expressed with plain and easy words, are called a galemaufrey.” An Impartial Account of the Word Mystery, as it is taken in the Holy Scripture. Lond. 1691, 4to, p. 19. – E.H.B.]

GAL-LI-NA'CEOUS, a. [L. gallinaceus, from gallina, a hen, gallus, a cock, whose name is from crowing, W. galw, Eng. to call.]

Designating that order of fowls called Gallinæ, including the domestic fowls or those of the pheasant kind. Gallinaceous Lapis, a glossy substance produced by volcanic fires; the lapis obsidianus of the ancients. A kind of it brought from Peru is of a beautiful black, or crow-color, like the gallinaço. – Encyc.

GAL-LI'NAE, n. [GAL-LI'NÆ. L. See the next word.]


Act of galling or fretting the skin.

GALL'ING, ppr. [See Gall, the verb.]

  1. Fretting the skin; excoriating.
  2. adj. Adapted to fret or chagrin; vexing.


A large musketoe.

GAL'LI-NULE, n. [L. gallinula, dim. of gallina, a hen.]

A tribe of fowls of the grallic order, included under the genus Fulica, with the coot.


GAL'LI-POT, n. [D. gleye, potter's clay, and pot.]

A small pot or vessel painted and glazed, used by druggists and apothecaries for containing medicines.


Rutile, an ore of titanium. – Ure.


A small vessel used on the Malabar coast. – Chalmers.

GALL'LESS, a. [from gall.]

Free from gall or bitterness.

GAL'LON, n. [Sp. galon; Law L. galona. In French, galon is a grocer's box. Old Fr. jalon, a gallon.]

A measure of capacity for dry or liquid things, but usually for liquids, containing four quarts. But the gallon is not in all cases of uniform contents or dimensions. The gallon of wine contains 231 cubic inches, or eight pounds avoirdupois of pure water. The gallon of beer and ale contains 281 cubic inches, or ten pounds three ounces and a quarter avoirdupois of water; and the gallon of corn, meal, &c., 272 1-4 cubic inches, or nine pounds thirteen ounces of pure water. – Encyc.

GAL-LOON', n. [Fr. galon; Sp. galon; It. gallone; Port. galam.]

A kind of close lace made of gold or silver, or of silk only. – Tatler.


Furnished or adorned with galloon. [Carlisle. 1841]