Usage Medieval Italian
Pronounced Pron. gah-lih-LAY-oh
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Contributor Contrib.leananshae on 12/3/2007
Derived from the medieval Latin word Galilaeus, by way of Greek Galilaios, meaning "Galilean; from Galilee." Galilee is from the Hebrew root galal "roll", perhaps referring to the waves on the sea.Galileo Galilei (born, February 15,1564) was an Italian physicist, mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher who is famous for his scientific innovations and discoveries during the Renaissance period. Galileo is often considered to be "the Father of Modern Science".