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γαλέη , contr. γαλῆ , ῆς, , a name given to various animals of the
A.weasel kind, weasel, marten, polecat or foumart, Batr.9, al., Ar.Ach. 255, Pl.693, Arist.HA609a17, al.; εἰ διᾴξειεν γαλῆ (a bad omen) Ar.Ec.792, cf. Thphr.Char.16.3: prov., “θύρα δι᾽ ἧς γαλῆ . . οὐκ εἰσέρχεταιApollod. Car.6.
2. γ. ἀγρία wild ferret (found in Africa and Spain, Hdt.4.192), Arist.HA580b26, Ruf.Fr.79, Str.3.2.6; “γ. ΤαρτησσίαHdt. l.c., Diogenian.3.71.
3. γ. ἐνοικίδιος tame weasel, Plu.2.446c; “γ. κατοικίδιοςPhilum.Ven.33.1, Dsc.2.25.
4. prov., γαλῆν ἔχεις, of bad luck, Diogenian.3.84; γαλῇ χιτώνιον κροκωτόν, of 'pearls before swine', Stratt.71, Zen.2.93; γαλῇ στέαρ, = βατράχῳ ὕδωρ (q. v.), Diogenian.3.83.
II. a small fish, distd. from γαλεός by Ael.NA15.11. (From γαλεψα_, Adj. from Γαλις, cf. Skt. girikā 'mouse', Lat.glīs.
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  • Cross-references in general dictionaries from this page (7):
    • Aristophanes, Ecclesiazusae, 792
    • Aristophanes, Plutus, 693
    • Herodotus, Histories, 4.192
    • Strabo, Geography, 3.2.6
    • Theophrastus, Characters, 16.3
    • Aristophanes, Acharnians, 255
    • Aelian, De Natura Animalium, 15.11
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