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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Bowery  \Bow"er*y\,  n.;  pl  {Boweries}.  [D.  bouwerij.] 
  A  farm  or  plantation  with  its  buildings.  [U.S.Hist.] 
  The  emigrants  [in  New  York]  were  scattered  on  boweries 
  or  plantations;  and  seeing  the  evils  of  this  mode  of 
  living  widely  apart,  they  were  advised,  in  1643  and 
  1646,  by  the  Dutch  authorities,  to  gather  into 
  ``villages,  towns,  and  hamlets,  as  the  English  were  in 
  the  habit  of  doing.''  --Bancroft.