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quadragintireme (plural quadragintiremes)

  1. (nautical) a vessel with 40 rows of oars
    • 1799, The Naval Chronicle, volume 1, page 132:
      As to the Quadragintiremes, or vessels usually described as having forty ranks or tiers of oars, we cannot reconcile the report to our understandings, except by supposing them nothing more than galleys fitted with as many oars in each rank.