- a galley having two banks or tiers of oars.
Origin of bireme
1590–1600; < Latin birēmis two-oared, having two banks of oars (bi- bi-1 + rēm(us) oar + -is adj. suffix)
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Examples from the Web for bireme
As the bireme struck the high waves King Hiram advanced to the prow.
The ‘bireme,’ or two-banked vessel, does not appear in Homer.Boating
W. B. Woodgate
A military boat called the "bireme" came into use in Greece about six or seven centuries before Christ.
It is probable that the Greeks did not originate the bireme, but borrowed the idea from the Phœnicians or possibly from Egypt.
Soon they tacked far to the north, and, rounding to the west, crossed the bows of the bireme of Herodotus.
- an ancient galley having two banks of oars
C17: from Latin birēmus, from bi- 1 + -rēmus oar
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