trireme

[ 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.

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Origin of trireme

1595–1605; <Latin trirēmis having three banks of oars, equivalent to tri-tri- + rēm(us) oar + -is adj. suffix
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British Dictionary definitions for trireme

trireme
/ (ˈtraɪriːm) /

noun

a galley, developed by the ancient Greeks as a warship, with three banks of oars on each side

Word Origin for trireme

C17: from Latin trirēmis, from tri- + rēmus oar
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