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From Middle English thurrok, from Old English þurruc ‎(a small boat, the hold of a ship, drain), from Proto-Germanic *þurrukaz, *þurką, *þirką ‎(groundwater in a ship, hole), from Proto-Indo-European *terg-, *terǵ- ‎(to rub, wipe, clean, make holes). Cognate with Saterland Frisian durk ‎(sewer, bilge-water, lowest part in the hold of a ship), Middle Dutch durck, dorck ‎(the hold of a ship) (Dutch durk, dork ‎(a spout-hole)), Middle Low German dork ‎(keel room, the lowest part of a ship's hold), Gothic 𐌸𐌰𐌹𐍂𐌺𐍉 ‎(þairkō, hole, eye (of a needle)), Latin tergō, tergeō ‎(wipe, scour, clean, verb), Old English þurh, þuruh ‎(through). More at through, thorough.


thurrock ‎(plural thurrocks)

  1. (nautical, obsolete) The hold of a ship; also, the bilge.

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