- an ancient Roman galley with five banks of oars on each side
C16: from Latin quinquerēmis, from quinque- + rēmus oar
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Examples from the Web for quinquereme
On the stern of the quinquereme stood three men who were not in armor.
No change was made, therefore, in the handling of the quinquereme.
A hundred more were hurled from The Sword at the Romans on the decks of the quinquereme.
The quinquereme was settling in the water and her crew could cast spears no more.
My goods, all but one casket, went down with the quinquereme.