Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of gallinaceous birds, of the family Phasianidæ, having as type the domestic hen, G. domesticus, some if not all varieties of which are the modified descendants of Gallus ferrugineus or bankivus; the jungle-fowl. Sonnerat's jungle-fowl, Gallus sonnerati, is another example. The game-cock is now probably the nearest to the wild original of all the varieties of the domestic fowl.
- n. In ichthyology, a genus of carangoid fishes.
- n. In conchology, same as Strombus.
- n. In classical antiquity, a priest of Cybele. The worship of this goddess was introduced into Rome from Phrygia in 204 b. c. It consisted essentially of wild and boisterous rites, and it was the usage that these priests should be eunuchs. The chief of the college was styled Archigallus.
- Same as gallows.
- n. elastic straps that hold trousers up (usually used in the plural)
- n. common domestic birds and related forms
- A corruption of gallows, used attributively. Chiefly Scots. (Wiktionary)
“Camels are not beautiful, and their long under lip gives them an exceedingly "gallus" -- [Excuse the slang, no other word will describe it] -- expression.”
“A second set of flapless wings, the fourth is tucked behind the third; a lump of meat that never sings, the gallus is a wondrous bird.”
“The gallus is a wondrous bird, its second wing grows from the first.”
“Dr Wendy Anderson, from the Department of English Language at the University of Glasgow, said: We're interested in the currency of distinctively Scottish words, such as gallus, canny, muckle, sonsie and braw.”
“It consisted of one pair of breeches rolled up to the knees, with one patch on the "western hemisphere," one little shirt with one button at the top, one "gallus," and one invalid straw hat.”
“With one "gallus" to pants that were rolled to the knee,”
“I be a uncommon vool, maester, sartinly," blubbered George on one occasion when the miller was on the point of turning him off, as a preliminary step on the road to the "gallus," which Master Lake expressed his belief that he was "sartin sure to come to.”
“The Scots word is "gallus", a bare-faced, cheeky bravado that aims to add humiliation to a defeat.”
“What era is the marble statue of a young hercules from? the accession number is 03.12.13 and if you can please do the same for the bronze statue of the emperor trebonianus gallus accession number 05.30 thanks in advance”
“All these handsome, collectible birds descend from a common ancestor, Gallus gallus, the marauding scavenger of the bamboo forests in Indonesia.”
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