from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A city of southern Sri Lanka on the Indian Ocean. It was a trade center for the Chinese and Arabs by 100 B.C. and later flourished as a Portuguese and Dutch port. Population: 90,300.


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  • GALLE, Sri Lanka: A wet outfield has delayed the start of the third day's play in the rain-hit first cricket Test between India and Sri Lanka in Galle on Tuesday.

    The Times of India

  • You need to chat with the Muslims in Galle and the tea pluckers in Nuwara Eliya.

    Global Voices in English » Sri Lanka: Abuse, Disbelief And Bitterness Persist

  • As you can see, Galle is a huge impact crater (although it's dwarfed by Argyre Planitia and Hellas Planitia, both of which are much, much larger).

    A Matter of Perspective

  • I was born in a place called Galle, which is in Sri Lanka, a few hours from Colombo. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • And so we evacuated and just miraculously got to a nearby town, the largest town, called Galle, which are pictures that you're showing right now.

    CNN Transcript Dec 26, 2005

  • I subsequently discovered that my new and non-sporting acquaintances were coffee-planters of a class then known as the Galle Face planters, who passed their time in cantering about the Colombo race-course and idling in the town, while their estates lay a hundred miles distant, uncared for, and naturally ruining their proprietors.

    Eight Years' Wanderings in Ceylon

  • No wonder, well-known authorss called the Galle festival as 'gathering of the bookworms'

    The Full Feed from

  • After Sri Lanka's punishment was announced, ICC General Manager David Richardson said that the game's governing body also doesn't want to see pitches that are too easy to bat on, but added that the balance at Galle was too weighted in favor of the bowler.

    'Bad' Pitches Make for Cracking Cricket

  • But, as on most slow surfaces, spin is always a factor in the country, and never more so than on the dusty surface at Galle, which turned sideways from the first day in the recent match against Australia.

    'Bad' Pitches Make for Cracking Cricket

  • There's only one problem: pitches like the latter make for dull games that end in draws, while the Galle match was a cracker—exciting, topsy-turvy, genuinely testing the batsmen's skills.

    'Bad' Pitches Make for Cracking Cricket


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