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galleass


galleass


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Galleass  \Gal"le*ass\  (?;  135),  n.  [F.  gal['e]asse,  gal['e]ace; 
  cf  It  galeazza  Sp  galeaza  LL  galea  a  galley.  See 
  {Galley}.]  (Naut.) 
  A  large  galley,  having  some  features  of  the  galleon,  as 
  broadside  guns;  esp.,  such  a  vessel  used  by  the  southern 
  nations  of  Europe  in  the  16th  and  17th  centuries.  See 
  {Galleon},  and  {Galley}.  [Written  variously  {galeas}, 
  {gallias},  etc.] 
 
  Note:  ``The  galleasses  .  .  .  were  a  third  larger  than  the 
  ordinary  galley,  and  rowed  each  by  three  hundred  galley 
  slaves.  They  consisted  of  an  enormous  towering 
  structure  at  the  stern,  a  castellated  structure  almost 
  equally  massive  in  front,  with  seats  for  the  rowers 
  amidships.''  --Motley.