Gallic (adj.) 1670s, from L. Gallicus "pertaining to Gaul or the Gauls," from L. Gallia "Gaul" and Gallus "a Gaul" from a native Celtic name (see GAELIC (Cf. Gaelic)), though some connect the word with prehistoric W.Gmc. *walkhoz "foreigners" (see WELSH (Cf. Welsh)). Originally used in English rhetorically or mockingly for "French." The cock as a symbol of France is based on the pun of Gallus "a Gaul" and L. gallus "cock."
It means not simply 'French,' but 'characteristically', 'delightfully', 'distressingly', or 'amusingly' 'French' ... not 'of France', but 'of the typical Frenchman'. [Fowler]

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