bottomry n[alteration of earlier bottomary , modification of Dutch bodemerij , from bodem bottom, hull, ship]
: a contract under which the owner of a ship pledges the ship as collateral for a loan to finance a journey [money lent on for…equipping the vessel "Louisiana Civil Code "] compare respondentia
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