One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1British A biscuit containing a layer of compressed currants.
- ‘I have a friend, a sensible, rational creature, not outwardly generous, but happy to share a garibaldi if pressed.’
- ‘I drank it and ate a garibaldi biscuit.’
- ‘He made tea and I could hear him rustling through the cupboard under the sink for garibaldi biscuits.’
2A small bright orange marine fish found off California.
- ‘The vivid coloration of the garibaldi may be an adaptation that serves as a warning to intruders or would-be predators that these territorial fish vigorously defend their property.’
- ‘This bill designated the Garibaldi as the state marine fish.’
3historical A woman's or child's loose blouse, originally bright red in imitation of the shirts worn by Garibaldi and his followers.
- ‘This garment consisted of a skirt, a bolero type of jacket with large, bell sleeves, and a Garibaldi blouse.’
Mid 19th century: named after G. Garibaldi (see Garibaldi, Giuseppe).
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