Adjective "gall" definition and examples

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Pronunciation

/ɡɔːl/

Definitions and examples

noun

Bold and impudent behaviour.
  1. 'You almost have to admire the sheer gall of it all.'
  2. 'In hockey terms, spine is guts, grit, gumption and gall.'
  3. '‘You always have such gall,’ she stated trying to avoid looking at his face.'
  4. 'The piece is written with an almost amused incredulity at the sheer gall of the scheme.'
  5. 'This boy obviously had a lot of gall, threatening and challenging him like this.'
  6. '‘If nothing else you have gall,’ he nodded and she gave a Cheshire smile to the offhanded compliment as he lit his cigar, the smell of it immediately coming to her attention.'
  7. 'And then, somebody had the unmitigated gall to shop those tapes around to media outlets in order to sell them to the highest bidder.'
  8. 'You really have a lot of gall, Mackenzie, to come right up and say all these things.'
  9. 'I have been in politics a while - not long enough, obviously - but I have been in politics a while and I have seen some examples of impertinence, cheek, and gall, but that last speech beats them all.'
  10. 'I mustered up enough gall to snatch the rose from his spinning fingers, toss it away, and interlace my fingers with his own.'
The contents of the gall bladder; bile (proverbial for its bitterness).
  1. 'And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull, They gave Him Vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when He had tasted thereof, He would not drink.'
  2. 'In central Ontario, eight species of parasitoids and a Periclistus inquiline are associated with this gall.'
  3. 'They gave Him sour wine mingled with gall to drink.'
  4. 'the trade in animal parts such as bear galls'
  5. 'Whoever killed Russell's bears was not out poaching gall, Pavel believed.'
  6. 'accept life's gall without blaming somebody else'
  7. 'How quickly I fall back to my evil ways when I force You to drink the bitter gall of mankind's sin - instead of refreshing water that will temporarily soothe Your thirsty and battered body.'

noun

An abnormal growth formed in response to the presence of insect larvae, mites, or fungi on plants and trees, especially oaks.
  1. 'the witch hazel had developed leaf galls'
  2. 'Leaves, flowers, roots, fruits, twigs, and insect galls can also be employed as medicine.'
  3. 'But for aphids living inside plant galls, the risk of getting stuck or even drowning in their own sticky waste is quite real.'
  4. 'At one time it was believed that the bacterium lived in the soil like its relative that causes galls on other plants.'
  5. 'This orange gelatinous material, which contains thousands of spores, oozes out of chocolate-colored galls present on affected branches.'
  6. 'Foliar galls probably caused by mites also have been recognized on one gymnosperm species in the formation.'
  7. 'The damage includes feeding traces, predominantly continuous marginal feeding traces, leaf mines including linear and possible blotch varieties and probable leaf galls.'
  8. 'When the larvae hatch, they feed inside the shoots, causing the plant to produce galls about the size of a large marble.'
  9. 'The midge is an ephemeral 2-3 mm insect whose larva induces a gall on young unfurled S. viminalis leaves.'
  10. 'The flies' larvae build galls within the flower buds and steal some of the plant's energy, leading to a reduction in the number of seeds that develop.'
  11. 'They will also eat small fruits, berries, and plant galls.'
  12. 'In this paper, we report on how the formation of galls by the goldenrod gall fly has promoted a host shift and differentiation of the beetle Mordellistena convicta.'
  13. 'The stem gall nematode, Anguina pacificae, is presently the most devastating pest of Poa annua putting greens in California.'
  14. 'For example, some plant clones attract more gall insects while at the same time some clones produce bigger galls, reducing the accessibility of larvae inside to natural enemies.'
  15. 'To combat it, agricultural agencies began to introduce gall flies of the genus Urophoro in the 1970s.'
  16. 'Biological control agent number three is the melaleuca bud gall fly, Fergusonina turneri, which may prove effective in attacking melaleuca flower and leaf buds but in an entirely different way.'
  17. 'More recently, the gall midge has moved into the Houston area and become a cause of bud drop.'
  18. 'In Montana, gall flies released to limit knapweed turn out to provide a food bonanza for white-footed mice.'
  19. 'The physically anchored genetic map is the first of any gall midge species.'

More definitions

1. impudence; effrontery.

2. bile, especially that of an animal.

3. something bitter or severe.

4. bitterness of spirit; rancor. Idioms

5. gall and wormwood, bitterness of spirit; deep resentment.

More examples(as adjective)

"biles can be gall."

"samples can be gall."

"cells can be gall."

Origin

(gall)Middle English: via Old French from Latin galla.