gallus

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Latin[edit]

gallus (rooster)

Etymology[edit]

From *gal-n-o, enlargement of *gl̥H-o, zero-grade of Proto-Indo-European *golH-so (compare Welsh galw (call), English call, Lithuanian echo, Polish głos (voice), Albanian gjuhë (voice), Russian голос (golos, voice)). Related to glōria.

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Noun[edit]

gallus m (genitive gallī); second declension

  1. A cock, rooster

Usage notes[edit]

The term gallus is inherently masculine, and so refers to a "rooster" (male chicken). The term gallīna is used for a "hen" (female chicken). The term pullus refers to a "chicken" without specifying the gender of the animal, although it often refers to a "chick".

Inflection[edit]

Second declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative gallus gallī
genitive gallī gallōrum
dative gallō gallīs
accusative gallum gallōs
ablative gallō gallīs
vocative galle gallī

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References[edit]

  • gallus in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879

Scots[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

A corruption of gallows, used attributively.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

gallus (comparative mair gallus, superlative maist gallus)

  1. daring; confident; cheeky.
  2. (obsolete) Fit to be hanged; wicked; mischievous.
    • 1922: ’Twas murmur we did for a gallus potion would rouse a friar, I’m thinking, and he limp from leching. — James Joyce, Ulysses