trireme

trireme

[trahy-reem]
noun Classical History.
a galley with three rows or tiers of oars on each side, one above another, used chiefly as a warship.

Origin:
1595–1605; < Latin trirēmis having three banks of oars, equivalent to tri- tri- + rēm(us) oar + -is adj. suffix

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trireme (ˈtraɪriːm)
 
n
a galley, developed by the ancient Greeks as a warship, with three banks of oars on each side
 
[C17: from Latin trirēmis, from tri- + rēmus oar]

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trireme
c.1600, "ancient ship with three rows of oars," from L. triremis, from tri- "three" + remus "oar."
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