noun quin·que·reme \ˈkwinkwəˌrēm\
variants: less commonly



Definition of quinquereme



  1. :  an ancient galley propelled by five banks of oars

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Origin and Etymology of quinquereme

Middle French, from Latin quinqueremis, literally, having five banks of oars, from quinque- + remus oar — more at row

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to cast off or become cast off

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