Mid-90s gallic nuclear testing is blamed for mutating a native iguana species of Tahiti.
Besides a trove of data showing that the rich really are getting much richer, the book is full of peppery gallic asides.
“I was starting a new collection and feeling a little depressed,” the 45-year-old says with her strong gallic lilt.
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]