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Definition of GALL

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Gall \Gall\ (g[add]l), n.[OE. galle, gal, AS. gealla; akin to D. gal, OS. & OHG. galla, Icel. gall, SW. galla, Dan. galde, L. fel, Gr. ?, and prob. to E. yellow. [root]49. See {Yellow}, and cf. {Choler}]
     1. (Physiol.) The bitter, alkaline, viscid fluid found in the gall bladder, beneath the liver. It consists of the secretion of the liver, or bile, mixed with that of the mucous membrane of the gall bladder. [1913 Webster]

     2. The gall bladder.
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     3. Anything extremely bitter; bitterness; rancor. [1913 Webster]

              He hath . . . compassed me with gall and travail.
                                                    --Lam. iii. 5. [1913 Webster]

              Comedy diverted without gall.         --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

     4. Impudence; brazen assurance. [Slang]
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     {Gall bladder} (Anat.), the membranous sac, in which the bile, or gall, is stored up, as secreted by the liver; the cholecystis. See Illust. of Digestive apparatus.

     {Gall duct}, a duct which conveys bile, as the cystic duct, or the hepatic duct.

     {Gall sickness}, a remitting bilious fever in the Netherlands. --Dunglison.

     {Gall of the earth} (Bot.), an herbaceous composite plant with variously lobed and cleft leaves, usually the {Prenanthes serpentaria}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Gall \Gall\, v. i.
     To scoff; to jeer. [R.] --Shak.
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Gall \Gall\, v. t. (Dyeing)
     To impregnate with a decoction of gallnuts. --Ure. [1913 Webster]

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Gall \Gall\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Galled} (g[add]ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Galling}.] [OE. gallen; cf. F. galer to scratch, rub, gale scurf, scab, G. galle a disease in horses' feet, an excrescence under the tongue of horses; of uncertain origin. Cf. {Gall} gallnut.]
     1. To fret and wear away by friction; to hurt or break the skin of by rubbing; to chafe; to injure the surface of by attrition; as, a saddle galls the back of a horse; to gall a mast or a cable. [1913 Webster]

              I am loth to gall a new-healed wound. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     2. To fret; to vex; as, to be galled by sarcasm. [1913 Webster]

              They that are most galled with my folly, They most must laugh.                 --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     3. To injure; to harass; to annoy; as, the troops were galled by the shot of the enemy. [1913 Webster]

              In our wars against the French of old, we used to gall them with our longbows, at a greater distance than they could shoot their arrows.   --Addison. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Gall \Gall\, n.
     A wound in the skin made by rubbing.
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Gall \Gall\ (g[add]l), n. [F. galle, noix de galle, fr. L. galla.] (Zool.) An excrescence of any form produced on any part of a plant by insects or their larvae. They are most commonly caused by small Hymenoptera and Diptera which puncture the bark and lay their eggs in the wounds. The larvae live within the galls. Some galls are due to aphids, mites, etc. See {Gallnut}. [1913 Webster]

     Note: The galls, or gallnuts, of commerce are produced by insects of the genus {Cynips}, chiefly on an oak ({Quercus infectoria} syn. {Quercus Lusitanica}) of Western Asia and Southern Europe. They contain much tannin, and are used in the manufacture of that article and for making ink and a black dye, as well as in medicine. [1913 Webster]

     {Gall insect} (Zool.), any insect that produces galls.

     {Gall midge} (Zool.), any small dipterous insect that produces galls.

     {Gall oak}, the oak ({Quercus infectoria}) which yields the galls of commerce.

     {Gall of glass}, the neutral salt skimmed off from the surface of melted crown glass;- called also {glass gall} and {sandiver}. --Ure.

     {Gall wasp}. (Zool.) See {Gallfly}.
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