One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The lowest deck of a wooden sailing ship with three or more decks.
- ‘Reaghan was the last to drop into the orlop and close it's trapdoor.’
- ‘I came to see for myself if the sick berth would be moving to the orlop.’
- ‘Not when you were carried to the orlop deck full of king-sized splinters from cannonballs smashing through wooden hulls, I imagine.’
- ‘Pamela made her way to the orlop where Matthews told her the pirate's booty was stored.’
- ‘The hold is a large area beneath the orlop deck - the deck on which Nelson died - which would have held the ship's supplies at sea for up to six months at a time.’
Late Middle English: from Dutch overloop ‘covering’, from overlopen ‘run over’.
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