Definitions for "Thermopylae"
a famous battle in 480 BC; a Greek army under Leonidas was annihilated by the Persians who were trying to conquer Greece
the site of a narrow pass where in 480 B. C. a small Greek force under Leonidas, King of Sparta, held of a Persian invading army for three days, allowing Greece time to prepare
A famous defense in ancient Greece. Also, a primarily automatic close defense system for battleships.
Thermopylae was an extreme composite clipper ship built in 1868 by Walter Hood & Co of Aberdeen to the design of Bernard Weymouth of London for the White Star Line of Aberdeen.