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  • proper n. A taxonomic genus within the subfamily Phasianinae — the junglefowl including chickens.


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From Latin gallus ("rooster, cock").


  • Eventually Gallus is old enough to be made Caesar of the East; he screws up massively and is executed.

    Gibbon Chapter XIX

  • He recommended the care of the East to his lieutenants, and afterwards to his cousin Gallus, whom he raised from a prison to a throne; and marched towards Europe, with a mind agitated by the conflict of hope and fear, of grief and indignation.

    The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

  • Lucian in that pleasant and witty dialogue called Gallus, brings in Mycillus the cobbler disputing with his cock, sometimes Pythagoras; where after much speech pro and con, to prove the happiness of a mean estate, and discontents of a rich man, Pythagoras 'cock in the end, to illustrate by examples that which he had said, brings him to

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Romans in battell, as before is recited, he laid his siege about the citie of London, and finallie by knightlie force entred the same, and slue the forenamed Liuius Gallus néere vnto a brooke, which in those daies ran through the citie, & threw him into the same brooke: by reason whereof long after it was called Gallus or Wallus brooke.

    Chronicles (1 of 6): The Historie of England (4 of 8) The Fovrth Booke Of The Historie Of England

  • He had two nephews, of whom that one was called Gallus, and that other Julian.

    The Golden Legend, vol. 4

  • But without making other citations, I may remark, that I am scarcely acquainted with a poem more thoroughly romantic in conception and sentiment, than "Gallus," the tenth eclogue of Virgil; and Macaulay, in his "Lays of Ancient Rome," has turned some of its legends to fine poetical account.

    Old New England Traits

  • Cicero.] [Footnote 236: The old story is well told by Ovidius (_Metamorphoses, _ iii. 14, &c.)] [Footnote 237: A temple of the Muses.] [Footnote 238: Kaltwasser has followed the reading "Gallus" in his version, though, as he remarks in a note, this man is called Galba by

    Plutarch's Lives, Volume II

  • To an ancient Roman, a Gallus would have meant a castrated guy that served the goddess Cybele, but to a modern demonologist it means a sexless demon who serves as a messenger.


  • The Gallus changed lanes, going all the way over into the outside lane.


  • Constantius II, having become sole emperor, is faced with the problem of how to handle his cousins Gallus and Julian, who have been brought up essentially in prison to prevent them being a threat.

    Gibbon Chapter XIX


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