"Galley" missing from the OED?

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Wed Oct 26 16:50:33 UTC 2011

I admit to not having checked re "galleon" previously.  But the OED
does not include "galley" as an alternate Form for "galleon", and
there are no quotations there using the spelling "galley".  And its
first definition is provocative: "a. A kind of vessel, *shorter but
higher than the galley* ...".  So does the OED thinks there is some
kind of ship called a "galley"?  And by its comparison with "galleon"
I would think that kind of galley is not oar-propelled as in the
OED's current definitions of "galley".

P.S.  When I do a Find with my browser in the entry for "galleon", I
get 10 hits for which no word is highlighted on the page (plus one
for the term in the above definition and one for the word in the
"Jump to:" list).  Is there some hidden data that Find is finding,
but I can't see?


At 10/26/2011 10:22 AM, Dan Goncharoff wrote:
>Could you be confusing galleon and galley?
>On Wed, Oct 26, 2011 at 9:10 AM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at att.net> wrote:
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> > I have seen 18th century ocean-going ships called "galleys", in
> > customs house reports, for example.  But I do not see any sense in
> > the OED other than for vessels propelled by oars.  Am I missing
> > something, or is the OED?
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> > Joel
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