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gallic1

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

gallic2

[gal-ik, gaw-lik] /ˈgæl ɪk, ˈgɔ lɪk/
adjective
1.
pertaining to or derived from plant galls:
gallic acid.
Origin
1785-95; < French gallique; see gall3, -ic

Gallic

[gal-ik] /ˈgæl ɪk/
adjective
1.
pertaining to the Gauls or Gaul.
2.
pertaining to the French or France.
Origin
1665-75; < Latin Gallicus, equivalent to Gall(us) a Gaul + -icus -ic
Related forms
Gallically, adverb
Can be confused
Gaelic, Gallic.
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  • Page 561: reference to illustration of roughly reconstructed gallic reaper: this illustration is not present in the original work.

  • The tribes living in Gaul were not at that time called French, but gallic.

    Introductory American History Henry Eldridge Bourne
  • This passage is Wolfram's invention; the brilliant gallic poet whose romance he followed could not have contrived it.

    Studies in Medival Life and Literature Edward Tompkins McLaughlin
  • They reflect a gallic irony compact of pity and understanding.

  • The Romans, long acquainted with gallic tumults, have learned the emptiness of their parade.

    Martyria Augustus C. Hamlin
  • His English was careful and correct, yet as gallic as his face itself.

    Peak and Prairie Anna Fuller
British Dictionary definitions for gallic

gallic1

/ˈɡælɪk/
adjective
1.
of or containing gallium in the trivalent state
Word Origin
C18: from gall(ium) + -ic

gallic2

/ˈɡælɪk/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or derived from plant galls
Word Origin
C18: from French gallique; see gall³

Gallic

/ˈɡælɪk/
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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