There are 3 definitions of gall in English:

gall1

Syllabification: gall
Pronunciation: /gôl
 
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noun

  • 2The contents of the gallbladder; bile (proverbial for its bitterness).
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    • In central Ontario, eight species of parasitoids and a Periclistus inquiline are associated with this gall.
    • And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull, They gave Him Vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when He had tasted thereof, He would not drink.
    • The result of Raychel's beating is directly carried over to the Roman soldier forcing Jesus to drink gall.
    Synonyms
    bitterness, resentment, rancor, bile, spleen, malice, spite, spitefulness, malignity, venom, vitriol, poison
  • 2.1An animal’s gallbladder.
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    • They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.
    • Whoever killed Russell's bears was not out poaching gall, Pavel believed.
    • Dried and sold as an aphrodisiac and cure-all in Asia, Russia, and North America, bear gall has long been treasure for poachers.
  • 2.2Used to refer to something bitter or cruel: accept life’s gall without blaming somebody else
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    • It's always a bit crushing when you lose something that was yours but there is a special bitter gall when that thing is logging your progress in a 10,000 a day stepathon.
    • How quickly I fall back to my evil ways when I force You to drink the bitter gall of mankind's sin - instead of refreshing water that will temporarily soothe Your thirsty and battered body.

Origin

Old English gealla (denoting bile), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch gal, German Galle 'gall', from an Indo-European root shared by Greek kholē and Latin fel 'bile'.

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There are 3 definitions of gall in English:

gall2

Syllabification: gall
Pronunciation: /
 
gôl/

noun

verb

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  • 2Make sore by rubbing: the straps galled their shoulders

Origin

Old English gealle 'sore on a horse', perhaps related to gall1; superseded in Middle English by forms from Middle Low German or Middle Dutch.

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gall3

Syllabification: gall
Pronunciation: /
 
gôl/

noun

  • 1An abnormal growth formed on plants and trees, especially oaks, in response to the presence of insect larvae, mites, or fungi.
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    • In early spring, these aphids form pouch-shaped galls on the hybrids' leaves; living and breeding within the galls, the insects feed on the trees' nutritious sap stream.
    • Herbivorous attack was estimated by the number of attacked leaves and percentage of leaf area damaged, while gall-forming insect attacks were estimated from the number of leaves with galls and number of galls per individual plant.
    • The midge is an ephemeral 2-3 mm insect whose larva induces a gall on young unfurled S. viminalis leaves.
  • 1.1 [as modifier] Denoting insects or mites that produce galls: gall flies
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    • I chose gall insects, made drawings and sent in specimens with my essay.
    • However, this parasitoid was completely absent from all sampled gall beetle populations.
    • To combat it, agricultural agencies began to introduce gall flies of the genus Urophoro in the 1970s.

Origin

Middle English: via Old French from Latin galla.

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