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Borrowing from Latin galea


galea (plural galeae)

  1. a Roman helmet
  2. (botany) an organ or a part of a plant that is shaped like a galea (helmet)
  3. (entomology) a mouthpart found in some species of chewing insect, which is shaped like a galea (helmet)
  4. (surgery) A kind of bandage for the head.
  5. (medicine) A headache extending all over the head.

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From Byzantine Greek γαλέα (galéa), from γαλια (galia, type of shellfish), from Ancient Greek γαλεός (galeós, shark).


galea f (plural galee)

  1. (nautical) galley (slender Mediterranean ship propelled primarily by oars and sails)
    Synonyms: galera
  2. helmet (roman leather helmet)
    Synonyms: casco, caschetto, elmo, elmetto

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Roman galea


Probably from Ancient Greek γαλέη (galéē, weasel, marten), with a sense development “weasel, marten” → “hide of weasel, marten” → “helmet made of hide,” from Proto-Indo-European *gli- (weasel, mouse), related to Latin glis.[1]



galea f (genitive galeae); first declension

  1. a helmet.
  2. vocative singular of galea

galeā f

  1. ablative singular of galea


First declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative galea galeae
genitive galeae galeārum
dative galeae galeīs
accusative galeam galeās
ablative galeā galeīs
vocative galea galeae

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  • galea in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • galea in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “galea”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
  • galea in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français [Illustrated Latin-French Dictionary], Hachette
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to put on one's helmet: galeam induere
  • galea in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • galea in Ramminger, Johann (accessed 16 July 2016) Neulateinische Wortliste: Ein Wörterbuch des Lateinischen von Petrarca bis 1700[2], pre-publication website, 2005-2016
  • galea in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin
  1. ^ Beekes, Robert S. P. (2010) Etymological Dictionary of Greek (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 10), with the assistance of Lucien van Beek, Leiden, Boston: Brill