Galatea definition

gălə-tēə
(gr. myth., person, proper) A statue of a maiden which is given life by Aphrodite after its sculptor, Pygmalion, falls in love with it.
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A durable, often striped cotton fabric used in making clothing.
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A strong, twilled cotton cloth, often striped, used for play clothes, uniforms, etc.
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A strong cotton fabric with diagonal twill weave.
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A white cotton fabric with blue stripes.
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A maiden who was originally a statue carved by Pygmalion and who was brought to life by Aphrodite in answer to the sculptor's pleas.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
galatea
Plural:
galateas

Origin of galatea

  • After the Galatea , a 19th-century English warship (from the fabric's use for children's sailor suits)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition