ga·​lah | \ gə-ˈlä How to pronounce galah (audio) \

Definition of galah

: an Australian cockatoo (Eolophus roseicapillus synonym Cacatua roseicapilla) that has the back, wings, and tail gray and the head and underparts various shades of rosy pink, that sometimes is a pest in wheat-growing areas, and that is often kept as a cage bird

Examples of galah in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The aging 8-meter statue, of a local species of cockatoo called the galah, marks a roughly midway point between the eastern and western coasts of Australia. Jacqueline Williams, New York Times, 7 Mar. 2018 Rainbow lorikeets and bright pink galah cockatoos flitted between eucalyptus trees and banksia blossoms that resembled giant yellow and orange candles. Margo Pfeiff,, 25 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of galah

1862, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for galah

borrowed from Gamilaraay and Yuwaalaraay (Australian aboriginal languages of northern New South Wales) gilaa

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“Galah.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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