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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.
Origin of naumachia
1590-1600; < Latin: mock naval battle < Greek naumachía a sea fight, equivalent to naû(s) ship + mách(ē) battle, fight + -ia -ia Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The main street itself was in many parts filled completely, and around the naumachia Augusta great heaps were piled up.

    Quo Vadis Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • In a naumachia given by Nero, there were sea-monsters swimming about in the artificial lake.

  • After the naumachia, the moon rose, and the Chinese lanterns were lighted.

  • Sometimes the vast arena was flooded with water, and naumachia or sea-fights were exhibited.

    Valeria William Henry Withrow
  • Another form of the spectacle for the entertainment of the Roman public was the naumachia, or naval battle.

    The Historical Child Oscar Chrisman
British Dictionary definitions for naumachia


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
Word Origin
C16: via Latin from Greek naumakhia, from naus ship + makhē battle
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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