from The Century Dictionary.

  • Fretted or excoriated; abraded: as, a galled back.
  • Characterized by galls. See gall, n.
  • Worn away by washing; hence, sterile: said of land.

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  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of gall.

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  • adjective painful from having the skin abraded


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  • He put his galled shoulder to the haul-rope and took the river-trail south.


  • His flesh was galled by many days of contact with the haul-rope.



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