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galligaskins

[gal-i-gas-kinz] /ˌgæl ɪˈgæs kɪnz/
noun, (used with a plural verb)
1.
loose hose or breeches worn in the 16th and 17th centuries.
2.
loose breeches in general.
3.
leggings or gaiters, usually of leather.
Also, gallygaskins.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80; earlier gallogascaine(s), galigascon(s), of obscure origin; final element is perhaps Gascon (later assimilated to -kin)
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galligaskins

/ˌɡælɪˈɡæskɪnz/
plural noun
1.
loose wide breeches or hose, esp as worn by men in the 17th century
2.
leather leggings, as worn in the 19th century
Word Origin
C16: from obsolete French garguesques, from Italian grechesco Greek, from Latin Graecus
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