Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

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

Etymologies

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

[After the Galatea, a 19th-century English warship (from the fabric's use for children's sailor suits).]

Examples

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

    How Ethel Hollister Became a Campfire Girl

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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