trierarch

noun
tri·​er·​arch | \ˈtrī(-ə)-ˌrärk \

Definition of trierarch 

1 : the commander of a trireme

2 : an Athenian citizen who had to fit out a trireme for the public service

First Known Use of trierarch

circa 1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for trierarch

Latin trierarchus, from Greek triērarchos, from triērēs trireme (from tri- + -ērēs — akin to Latin remus oar) + -archos -arch — more at row

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