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wharf / (h)wôrf/ • n. (pl. wharves / (h)wôrvz/ or wharfs) a level quayside area to which a ship may be moored to load and unload.
wharf structure built along the water's edge. Late OE. hwearf, w(e)arf (earlier in poet. comp. merehwearf seashore), corr. to MLG. warf, werf mole, dam, wharf; f. Gmc. *χwerb-, *χwarb- repr. also by a series of vbs. having the meanings turn, change, wander, go.
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