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[trahy-reem] /ˈtraɪ rim/
noun, Classical History.
a galley with three rows or tiers of oars on each side, one above another, used chiefly as a warship.
Origin of trireme
1595-1605; < Latin trirēmis having three banks of oars, equivalent to tri- tri- + rēm(us) oar + -is adj. suffix Unabridged
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  • And in the meantime a trireme was despatched in all haste to carry their petition to Sparta.

  • After the early meal, the galley of Eumedes approached his father's trireme.

    Arachne, Complete Georg Ebers
  • The arrival of this trireme was thus of very essential service to the Greeks.

    Xerxes Jacob Abbott
  • Fortunately, the rowers of the first trireme had no spirit for their work.

  • Before my trireme weighs anchor, I have a communication to make to you.

  • We were closely pushed and in peril when they ensnared the trireme with their sand.

    Ulric the Jarl William O. Stoddard
  • The jarl was at the helm of the trireme and his face was clouded.

    Ulric the Jarl William O. Stoddard
  • The trireme shall be to us as if we had builded her on the shore of the Northland.

    Ulric the Jarl William O. Stoddard
  • All of the slain might be burned with the trireme, with all honor, so there was no more care for that.

    Ulric the Jarl William O. Stoddard
British Dictionary definitions for trireme


a galley, developed by the ancient Greeks as a warship, with three banks of oars on each side
Word Origin
C17: from Latin trirēmis, from tri- + rēmus oar
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Word Origin and History for trireme

c.1600, "ancient ship with three rows of oars," from Latin triremis, from tri- "three" (see tri-) + remus "oar" (see row (v.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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