ga·​lle·​ta | \ gə-ˈye-tə How to pronounce galleta (audio) , gī-ˈe-tə\

Definition of galleta

: either of two perennial grasses (Hilaria rigida and H. jamesii synonym Pleuraphis rigida and P. jamesii) chiefly of the southwestern U.S. and Mexico used for forage

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Some grass species in these habitats include red oat grass and Rhodes grass in tropical savannas, and purple needlegrass and galleta in temperate areas. Christina Nunez, National Geographic, "Grasslands, explained," 22 June 2019

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First Known Use of galleta

1872, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for galleta

borrowed from American Spanish (California, Arizona, New Mexico) galleta, guieta, of unknown origin

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