WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
nau•ma•chi•a  (nô mākē ə),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -chi•ae (-kē ē′),USA pronunciation  -chi•as. 
  1. Antiquitya mock sea fight, given as a spectacle among the ancient Romans.
  2. Antiquitya place for presenting such spectacles.
  • Greek naumachía a sea fight, equivalent. to naû(s) ship + mách(ē) battle, fight + -ia -ia
  • Latin: mock naval battle
  • 1590–1600

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