Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Embargo (Spanish from a Low Latin word imbarricare, and from barra, a bar) generally implies a prohibition in time of war laid by a state upon foreign ships, especially the enemy's, to prevent their leaving the ports they happen to be lying in. The word is also used to signify the arrest of a ship or merchandise by process of law, and also in the general sense of a requisition.