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An ancient galley equipped with two tiers of oars on each side.

[Latin birēmis : bi-, two; see bi-1 + rēmus, oar; see erə- in Indo-European roots.]


(Nautical Terms) an ancient galley having two banks of oars
[C17: from Latin birēmus, from bi-1 + -rēmus oar]


(ˈbaɪ rim)

a galley having two tiers of oars.
[1590–1600; < Latin birēmis having oars in pairs]
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2002: Triremes and Biremes -Galleys of the Dubrovnik
Latinists may recognize an affinity between the word immram and the biremes and triremes of the ancients, ships with two or three banks of oars (remi).
When Calibans of Logia Sinus swear by Bran that tree tops walk the spume because the green troughs hide all but the top trees of our cruising biremes (RQ 11, 39; Ms.
19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Grupo TV Cable Ecuador, the largest cable system operator in Ecuador and a founding member of the TEPAL consortium, and Bireme Systems LLC today announced a strategic alliance to provide comprehensive assistance to vendors entering the Latin American market.
Grupo TV Cable and Bireme Systems will leverage their experience in working with key innovators, vendors and systems integrators to develop, implement and scale their capabilities in Ecuador and other countries.
As the fastest growing region in terms of communications equipment, software and services, Latin America represents a tremendous market opportunity," said George Kassas, founder and CEO of Bireme Systems.