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bottomry

[bot-uh m-ree]
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noun, plural bot·tom·ries. Marine Law.
  1. a contract, of the nature of a mortgage, by which the owner of a ship borrows money to make a voyage, pledging the ship as security.
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Origin of bottomry

1615–25; modeled on Dutch bodemerij, equivalent to bodem bottom + -erij -ry
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bottomry

noun plural -ries
  1. maritime law a contract whereby the owner of a ship borrows money to enable the vessel to complete the voyage and pledges the ship as security for the loan
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Word Origin

C16: from Dutch bodemerij, from bodem bottom (hull of a ship) + -erij -ry
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