Definition of naumachia in English:

naumachia

noun

  • 1A mock sea battle staged for entertainment.

  • 2A place specially constructed for the exhibition of mock sea battles; especially a building enclosing an artificial stretch of water.

Origin

Late 16th century; earliest use found in John Harington (bap. 1560, d. 1612), courtier and author. From classical Latin naumachia mock sea-fight, artificial lake constructed for such fights from ancient Greek ναυμαχία sea battle from ναῦς ship + -μαχία.

Pronunciation

naumachia

/nɔːˈmeɪkɪə//naʊˈmakɪə/