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oakum

noun (n)

  • loose hemp or jute fiber obtained by unravelling old ropes; when impregnated with tar it was used to caulk seams and pack joints in wooden ships (noun.substance)
    source: wordnet30
  • The material obtained by untwisting and picking into loose fiber old hemp ropes; -- used for calking the seams of ships, stopping leaks, etc. (noun)
    source: webster1913

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