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

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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, "A Farming Town Divided: Do We Want a Nuclear Site that Brings Jobs?," 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,, "Coastal road trip in Western Australia is a dream come true," 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 26 Jan. 2021.

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