trierarchy

[ trahy-uh-rahr-kee ]
/ ˈtraɪ əˌrɑr ki /

noun, plural tri·er·ar·chies. Greek History.

the office of a trierarch.
trierarchs collectively.
(in Athens) the duty of fitting out or furnishing triremes for the public service.

Origin of trierarchy

From the Greek word triērarchía, dating back to 1830–40. See trierarch, -y3
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trierarchy

/ (ˈtraɪəˌrɑːkɪ) /

noun plural -chies Greek history

the responsibility for fitting out a state trireme, esp in Athens
the office of a trierarch
trierarchs collectively
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