bireme

noun
bi·​reme | \ ˈbī-ˌrēm How to pronounce bireme (audio) \

Definition of bireme

: a galley with two banks of oars used especially by the ancient Greeks and Phoenicians

First Known Use of bireme

1612, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bireme

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

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“Bireme.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bireme. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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