Oakum

Oak"um

(k"m), n. [AS. cumba; pref. - (cf. G. er-, Goth. us-, orig. meaning, out) + cemban to comb, camb comb. See Comb.] 1. The material obtained by untwisting and picking into loose fiber old hemp ropes; -- used for calking the seams of ships, stopping leaks, etc.
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2. The coarse portion separated from flax or hemp in nackling. Knight.
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White oakum, that made from untarred rope.
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