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[naw-mey-kee-uh] /nɔˈmeɪ ki ə/
noun, plural naumachiae
[naw-mey-kee-ee] /nɔˈmeɪ kiˌi/ (Show IPA),
a mock sea fight, given as a spectacle among the ancient Romans.
a place for presenting such spectacles.
1590-1600; < Latin: mock naval battle < Greek naumachía a sea fight, equivalent to naû(s) ship + mách(ē) battle, fight + -ia -ia
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noun (in ancient Rome) (pl) -chiae (-kɪˌiː), -chias, -chies
a mock sea fight performed as an entertainment
an artificial lake used in such a spectacle
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C16: via Latin from Greek naumakhia, from naus ship + makhē battle
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in ancient Rome, a mimic sea battle and the specially constructed basin in which such a battle sometimes took place. These entertainments also took place in flooded amphitheatres. The opposing sides were prisoners of war or convicts, who fought until one side was destroyed.

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