/bot"euhm ree/, n., pl. bottomries. 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.
[1615-25; modeled on D bodemerij, equiv. to bodem BOTTOM + -erij -RY]

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      a maritime contract (now almost obsolete) by which the owner of a ship borrows money for equipping or repairing the vessel and, for a definite term, pledges the ship as security—it being stipulated that if the ship be lost in the specified voyage or period, by any of the perils enumerated, the lender shall lose his money. A similar contract creating a security interest in the cargo is called a respondentia.

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Universalium. 2010.

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