noun, often capitalized
gal·​li·​ca | \ ˈga-li-kə How to pronounce gallica (audio) \

Definition of gallica

: a compact fragrant European rose (Rosa gallica) having usually pink, red, or crimson flowers that yield an oil used especially in perfumery

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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,, "Three Central Florida girls competing in National Spelling Bee in D.C.," 29 May 2018 In Washington, Dhyana Mishra spelled gallica and vitiation correctly in her oral rounds. Leslie Postal,, "National spelling bee: Central Florida top spellers fail to make final cut," 31 May 2018 The rich color of a crimson gallica rose has low value and high saturation. Adrian Higgins, Houston Chronicle, "Color-driven landscapes are harder than they look," 2 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of gallica

1848, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gallica

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

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The first known use of gallica was in 1848

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