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naumachia

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noun nau·ma·chia \nȯ-ˈmā-kē-ə, -ˈma-\

Definition of naumachia

plural naumachiaeplay \-kē-ˌē, -kē-ˌī\ or naumachias

  1. 1 :  an ancient Roman spectacle representing a naval battle

  2. 2 :  a place for naumachiae



Origin of naumachia

Latin, from Greek, naval battle, from naus ship + machesthai to fight — more at nave


First Known Use: 1596


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