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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small piratical vessel without a deck.
  • n. The typical genus of Lembidæ, having a crest-like membranous border, and no anterior digitiform appendages nor caudal seta.

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  • An ancient Illyrian galley, with a single bank of oars and no sails. A fast and maneuverable warship, a lembus could carry 50 men in addition to rowers. It was used by Illyrian pirates, and by Philip V of Macedon during the First Macedonian War.

    May 21, 2008