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kentledge

[kent-lij] /ˈkɛnt lɪdʒ/
noun, Nautical.
1.
pig iron used as permanent ballast.
Origin of kentledge
1600-1610
First recorded in 1600-10; origin uncertain
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kentledge

/ˈkɛntlɪdʒ/
noun
1.
(nautical) scrap metal used as ballast in a vessel
Word Origin
C17: perhaps from Old French quintelage ballast, from quintal hundredweight, ultimately from Arabic qintār; see kantar
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