[ bot-uh m-ree ]
/ ˈbɒt əm ri /

noun, plural bot·tom·ries. Marine Law.

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.

Origin of bottomry

1615–25; modeled on Dutch bodemerij, equivalent to bodem bottom + -erij -ry Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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/ (ˈbɒtəmrɪ) /

noun plural -ries

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

Word Origin for bottomry

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