galleass

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noun gal·le·ass \ˈga-lē-əs\

Definition of galleass

  1. :  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

Origin and Etymology of galleass

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


First Known Use: 1544


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