One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A small bright orange marine fish found off California.
Hypsypops rubicundus, family Pomacentridae
- ‘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.’
2historical A woman's or children'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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