an ancient Greek or Roman galley, usually a warship, with three banks of oars on each side
Origin of triremeClassical Latin triremis, trireme (orig., having three banks of oars) from tri-, tri- + remus, oar: see row
An ancient Greek or Roman galley or warship, having three tiers of oars on each side.
Origin of triremeLatin trirēmis tri- tri- rēmus oar ; see erə- in Indo-European roots.
- (history, nautical, archaic) A galley with three banks of oars, one above the other, used mainly as a warship.