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

    Arachne, Complete Georg Ebers
  • The trireme, or ordinary war-ship, had its oars arranged in three banks, fifty men rowing at once.

    Introductory American History Henry Eldridge Bourne
  • Fortunately, the rowers of the first trireme had no spirit for their work.

  • Nor was there a ship sailing the seas that a Phoenician trireme might not have overhauled.

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

  • He describes the sword as like the beak of the ship known as the trireme, which was rowed with three banks of oars.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • Great was his wonder at the story of the living sand and the trireme.

    Ulric the Jarl William O. Stoddard
  • First went they upon The Sword, for she was nearer, and she was now lashed side by side with the trireme.

    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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