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Borrowed from Gaulish, probably from Proto-Indo-European *golbʰo- (womb, animal young)[1]. If so, cognate with English calf


galba f (genitive galbae); first declension

  1. a kind of little worm or larva (animal)
  2. a stout, fat human (Gaul word)
  3. a nickname at the people of Sulpicia


First declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative galba galbae
genitive galbae galbārum
dative galbae galbīs
accusative galbam galbās
ablative galbā galbīs
vocative galba galbae


  • galba in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “galba”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
  • galba in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français [Illustrated Latin-French Dictionary], Hachette
  • galba in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • galba in William Smith, editor (1848) A Dictionary of Greek Biography and Mythology, London: John Murray
  1. ^ Pokorny, Julius (1959), “geleb(h)-”, in Indogermanisches etymologisches Wörterbuch [Indo-European Etymological Dictionary] (in German), volume II, Bern, München: Francke Verlag, pages 358-359