Definitions

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

  • n. A durable, often striped cotton fabric used in making clothing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a strong cotton fabric with diagonal twill weave
  • n. a white cotton fabric with blue stripes

Etymologies

After the Galatea, a 19th-century English warship (from the fabric's use for children's sailor suits).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • It can be purchased by the yard and it's of galatea which is cheap.

    How Ethel Hollister Became a Campfire Girl

  • Mayr postulated that, sometime in the past, a few pairs of Tanysiptera galatea happened to reach this little satellite from the mainland.

    The Song of The Dodo

  • T. galatea itself occupied New Guinea proper, having diversified there into only three subspecies, despite the great heterogeneity of available habitats.

    The Song of The Dodo

  • During his own early fieldwork in that part of the world, Mayr had studied the distribution of T. galatea and its allied species.

    The Song of The Dodo

  • Tanysiptera galatea, the common paradise-kingfisher, is an arresting bird with the unmistakably huge head and the trowel-like beak characteristic of kingfishers generally.

    The Song of The Dodo

  • They became T. carolinae, distinct from T. galatea in having a blue breast instead of a white breast, as well as legs and feet of bright yellow.

    The Song of The Dodo

  • As an example, he mentioned the paradise-kingfisher group of species—Tanysiptera galatea and others—on mainland New Guinea and its satellite islands.

    The Song of The Dodo

  • They selected two blouses -- serge and galatea -- each matching the skirt.

    How Ethel Hollister Became a Campfire Girl

  • Blue and white-striped galatea exactly suited the purpose, as it would be light for packing, and the colour could not run.

    Through Finland in Carts

  • On the ground between the woman and girl were some odd pieces of khaki galatea, bits of leather fringe, shells and beads, and Esther was busily sewing.

    The Camp Fire Girls at Sunrise Hill

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