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A small ship of a type used in coastal waters in the late 16th and early 17th cent.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in Richard Hakluyt (?1552–1616), geographer. From Dutch † drommelaer, † drommeler, apparently a variant or alteration of † drymmelaer kind of cargo vessel (1570; also † dremmelaer, perhaps from dremmelen to linger, dawdle + -aar, perhaps so called on account of its slow speed, although not enough of the ship's construction is known to confirm or reject this interpretation.
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