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dredge (n.)

"instrument for bringing up or removing solid matter from under water by dragging the bottom," late 15c., in Scottish dreg-boat "boat for dredging," perhaps ultimately from root of drag (possibly via Middle Dutch dregghe "drag-net").

dredge (v.)

"to clear out with a dredge, gather with a dredge," also figurative, c. 1500 in Scottish, from dredge (n.). Related: Dredged; dredging

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