2. Any absurd medley; a hotchpotch.
The Mahometan religion, which, being a gallimaufry made up of many, partakes much of the Jewish.South.
(Gal"lin) n. (Chem.) A substance obtained by the reduction of galleïn.
(||Gal"li*nace*ae) n. pl. [NL. See Gallinaceous.] (Zoöl.) Same as Gallinae.
(Gal`li*na"cean) n. (Zoöl.) One of the Gallinae or gallinaceous birds.
(Gal`li*na"ceous) a.[L. gallinaceus, fr. gallina hen, fr. gallus cock.] (Zoöl.) Resembling
the domestic fowls and pheasants; of or pertaining to the Gallinae.
(||Gal*li"nae) n.; pl. [NL., fr. L. gallina a hen, gallus a cock.] (Zoöl.) An order of birds, including
the common domestic fowls, pheasants, grouse, quails, and allied forms; sometimes called Rasores.
(Gall"ing) a. Fitted to gall or chafe; vexing; harassing; irritating. Gall"ing*ly, adv.
(Gal"li*nip`per) n. A large mosquito.
(Gal"li*nule) n. [L. gallinula chicken, dim. of gallina hen: cf. F. gallinule.] (Zoöl.) One of
several wading birds, having long, webless toes, and a frontal shield, belonging to the family Rallidae.
They are remarkable for running rapidly over marshes and on floating plants. The purple gallinule of
America is Ionornis Martinica, that of the Old World is Porphyrio porphyrio. The common European
gallinule (Gallinula chloropus) is also called moor hen, water hen, water rail, moor coot, night bird,
and erroneously dabchick. Closely related to it is the Florida gallinule
The purple gallinule of Southern Europe and Asia was formerly believed to be able to detect and report
adultery, and for that reason, chiefly, it was commonly domesticated by the ancients.
(Gal"li*ot) n. See Galiot.
(Gal*lip"o*li oil`) An inferior kind of olive oil, brought from Gallipoli, in Italy.
(Gal"li*pot) n. [Prob. fr. OD. gleypot, the first part of which is possibly akin to E. glad. See
Glad, and Pot.] A glazed earthen pot or vessel, used by druggists and apothecaries for containing
(Gal"li*um) n. [NL., fr. L. Gallia France.] (Chem.) A rare metallic element, found in certain
zinc ores. It is white, hard, and malleable, resembling aluminium, and remarkable for its low melting
point Symbol Ga. Atomic weight 69.9.
The element was predicted with most of its properties, under the name ekaluminium, by the Russian
chemist Mendelejeff, on the basis of the Periodic law. This prediction was verified in its discovery by the
French chemist Lecoq de Boisbaudran by its characteristic spectrum in an examination of a zinc blende
from the Pyrenees.
(Gal"li*vant) v. i. [From Gallant.] To play the beau; to wait upon the ladies; also, to roam
about for pleasure without any definite plan. [Slang] Dickens.
(Gal"li*vat) n.[Prob. fr. Pg. galeota; cf. E. galiot, galley.] (Naut.) A small armed vessel, with
sails and oars, used on the Malabar coast. A. Chalmers.
(Gal"li*wasp`) n. [Etymol. uncertain.] (Zoöl.) A West Indian lizard about a foot long, imagined
by the natives to be venomous.