quinquereme

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From Latin quinqueremis, from quinque ‎(five) + remus ‎(oar)

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quinquereme ‎(plural quinqueremes)

  1. (historical, nautical) An ancient Carthaginian or Greek galley having three banks of oars, rowed by five oarsmen: two to an oar in each of the upper rows, and one to the lower oar.
    • 1902, John Masefield, “Cargoes” (poem):
      Quinquireme of Nineveh from distant Ophir / Rowing home to haven in sunny Palestine / With a cargo of ivory, / And apes and peacocks, / Sandalwood, cedarwood, and sweet white wine.

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quinquereme f ‎(plural quinqueremi)

  1. (nautical) quinquereme