naumachia

noun
nau·​ma·​chia | \nȯ-ˈmā-kē-ə, -ˈma- \
plural naumachiae\nȯ-​ˈmā-​kē-​ˌē, -​kē-​ˌī, -​ˈma-​ \ or naumachias

Definition of naumachia 

1 : an ancient Roman spectacle representing a naval battle

2 : a place for naumachiae

First Known Use of naumachia

1596, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for naumachia

Latin, from Greek, naval battle, from naus ship + machesthai to fight — more at nave

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