trierarchy

noun

tri·​er·​ar·​chy ˈtrī(-ə)-ˌrär-kē How to pronounce trierarchy (audio)
: the ancient Athenian plan whereby individual citizens furnished and maintained triremes as a civic duty

Word History

First Known Use

circa 1837, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of trierarchy was circa 1837

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“Trierarchy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trierarchy. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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