trireme

noun
tri·reme | \ ˈtrī-ˌrēm \

Definition of trireme 

: an ancient galley having three banks of oars

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The second book compasses the long history of water-going vessels, from Mesopotamian rafts, Greek triremes and Viking longships to the ages of sail and steam and beyond. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: So Much to See—and Talk About," 12 July 2018 New technologies of destruction have appeared throughout history, from the trireme and gunpowder in past centuries to biological and nuclear weapons in more modern times. Paul R. Pillar, New York Times, "Cyberwarfare — the Latest Technology of Destruction," 19 June 2018 Greek triremes sank his ships at Salamis, and Xerxes fled back across the Hellespont, abandoning his army to destruction. John Nagl, WSJ, "‘On Grand Strategy’ Review: The War Against Decline and Fall," 16 Apr. 2018 Now a team of Greek scholars proposes another—and much earlier—wave of European migration: the Hellenistic Greeks, in triremes powered by sail and oar in the first century CE, nearly a millennium before the Vikings. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Data Sheet—Apple CEO Tim Cook Entertains Wall Street as Sales Grow," 2 Feb. 2018 The Greek city-states held off a Persian invasion at the Battle of Marathon in 490 B.C. Ten years later, in August, 480 B.C., under the command of Darius’ heir Xerxes, the Persians fought a fleet of Greek triremes at the battle of Artemision. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Naval Base Believed to Have Been Used in the Legendary Battle of Salamis Found," 28 Mar. 2017 The Greek city-states held off a Persian invasion at the Battle of Marathon in 490 B.C. Ten years later, in August, 480 B.C., under the command of Darius’ heir Xerxes, the Persians fought a fleet of Greek triremes at the battle of Artemision. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Naval Base Believed to Have Been Used in the Legendary Battle of Salamis Found," 28 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of trireme

1600, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for trireme

Latin triremis, from tri- + remus oar — more at row

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