bireme

noun

bi·​reme ˈbī-ˌrēm How to pronounce bireme (audio)
: a galley with two banks of oars used especially by the ancient Greeks and Phoenicians

Word History

Etymology

Latin biremis, from bi- + remus oar — more at row

First Known Use

1612, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bireme was in 1612

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“Bireme.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bireme. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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