wooden walls

wooden walls
noun plural
Etymology: translation of Greek xylinon teichos, singular
: warships used as coastal defense

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wooden walls plural noun (literary)
Warships (in allusion to Gr xylinon teichos, Herodotus 7.141)
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Main Entry:wooden

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wooden walls,
ships or shipping as a defensive force: »

The old wooden walls of Britain, as the Fleet was called a century or so ago (London Times).

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