Origin of gallipotMiddle English galy pott, probably ; from galeie, galley + pott, pot: uncertain or unknown; perhaps because shipped in galleys from Italy
Origin of gallipotMiddle English galy pott : probably galei, galley; see galley + pott, pot; see pot1.
Also used in the phrase gallipot words, meaning “difficult words”, particularly used presumptuously, to give an appearance of being learned, from the use of such difficult words on apothecary jars.
(See Cobbett’s political register, Volume 11 edited by William Cobbett, 1807, page, and Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue, 1811)
Compare inkhorn term (inkhorn).