E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
The Milky Way. A long white luminous track of stars which seems to encompass the heavens like a girdle. According to classic fable, it is the path to the palace of Zeus (1 syl.) or Jupiter. (Greek, gala, milk, genitive, galaktos.)
A galaxy of beauty. A cluster, assembly, or coterie of handsome women.