naumachia


nau·ma·chia

noun \n-ˈmā-kē-ə, -ˈma-\
plural nau·ma·chi·ae\-kē-ˌē, -kē-ˌī\ or nau·ma·chi·as

Definition of NAUMACHIA

1
:  an ancient Roman spectacle representing a naval battle
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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