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Gallic

[gal-ik] /ˈgæl ɪk/
adjective
1.
pertaining to the Gauls or Gaul.
2.
pertaining to the French or France.
Origin
1665-1675
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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British Dictionary definitions for gallically

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 gallically

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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