bottomry

noun

bot·​tom·​ry
ˈbä-təm-rē
: a contract under which the owner of a ship pledges the ship as collateral for a loan to finance a journey
money lent on bottomry for…equipping the vesselLouisiana Civil Code
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Word History

Etymology

alteration of earlier bottomary, modification of Dutch bodemerij, from bodem bottom, hull, ship

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“Bottomry.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/bottomry. Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

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