from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An ancient galley equipped with two tiers of oars on each side.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. an ancient galley having two banks of oars, one above the other.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An ancient galley or vessel with two banks or tiers of oars.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An ancient galley having two banks or tiers of oars.
Latin birēmis : bi-, two; see bi-1 + rēmus, oar; see erə- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)