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STEVEDORE, a person who is engaged in the stowage of cargo on board a ship, one who loads and unloads vessels in port. The word is an adaptation of the Spanish estiiiador, literally a packer, estivar, to press or pack closely, Latin slipare, to press. The Spanish word was particularly applied to the packers of wool, when Spain was a great wool-exporting country, and thus came into general mercantile use.

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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