ga·​lah gə-ˈlä How to pronounce galah (audio)
: 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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Word History


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

First Known Use

1862, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of galah was in 1862

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“Galah.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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