gal·​li·​ca ˈga-li-kə How to pronounce gallica (audio)
often capitalized
: a compact fragrant European rose (Rosa gallica) having usually pink, red, or crimson flowers that yield an oil used especially in perfumery

Examples of gallica in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Three Central Florida middle school students today correctly spelled their way past the opening round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, working through the letters in gallica, bellicist and oleocellosis to remain in the competition. Leslie Postal,, 29 May 2018 In Washington, Dhyana Mishra spelled gallica and vitiation correctly in her oral rounds. Leslie Postal,, 31 May 2018 The rich color of a crimson gallica rose has low value and high saturation. Adrian Higgins, Houston Chronicle, 2 Mar. 2018

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Word History


borrowed from New Latin, specific epithet of Rosa gallica, going back to Latin, feminine of Gallicus "gallic, French"

First Known Use

1848, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gallica was in 1848

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Cite this Entry

“Gallica.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

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