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galliass Line breaks: gal¦li|ass
Pronunciation: /ˈɡalɪəs/

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Definition of galliass in English:


A large type of galley, chiefly used during the 16th and 17th centuries.
Example sentences
  • Several galliasses, sent by the Spanish admiral to the rescue of the galleon, were nearly taken.
  • Raleigh sat on a rock in the ocean-stream, and smoked; and all the world hired galliasses, and came to see.
  • One of the four great galliasses is already riddled with shot, to the great disarrangement of her ‘pulpits, chapels,’ and friars therein assistant.


Mid 16th century: from Old French galleasse, from Italian galeaza 'large galley', from galea (see galley).

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