galleass

noun
gal·​le·​ass | \ ˈga-lē-əs How to pronounce galleass (audio) \

Definition of galleass

: a large fast galley used especially as a warship by Mediterranean countries in the 16th and 17th centuries and having both sails and oars but usually propelled chiefly by rowing

First Known Use of galleass

1544, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for galleass

borrowed from Middle French gallyace, galeasse, borrowed from Italian galeazza, from galea galley + -azza, augmentative suffix

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“Galleass.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/galleass. Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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