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Definitions of oakum:

part of speech: noun

Tarred hemp fibres.

part of speech: noun

The ravellings of tarred rope, employed formerly as a surgical dressing.

Usage examples for oakum:

  • This working of the oakum out of the seams indicated a degree of weakness which, in a ship destined to encounter every hazard, could not be contemplated without uneasiness. "The Life of Captain Matthew Flinders", Ernest Scott

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