Oakum

Oakum is a loose fibre obtained by unravelling old rope. It is used especially for caulking seams in wooden ships. Unravelling old ropes, a practice known as picking oakum, was a common employment in 19th century workhouses and prisons.
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oakum

[n] - loose hemp or jute fiber obtained by unravelling old ropes
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Oakum

Loose hemp or jute fiber that is impregnated with tar or pitch and used to caulk large seams or for packing plumbing pipe joints.
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Oakum

Oak'um noun [ Anglo-Saxon ācumba ; prefix ... (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 seam...
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oakum

noun 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
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Oakum

• (n.) The material obtained by untwisting and picking into loose fiber old hemp ropes; -- used for calking the seams of ships, stopping leaks, etc. • (n.) The coarse portion separated from flax or hemp in nackling.
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Oakum

- Loose hemp or jute fiber that's impregnated with tar or pitch and used to caulk large seams or for packing plumbing pipe joints
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oakum

loosely twisted hemp fibers, impregnated with tar, used in rope. Picking oakum apart was common busywork in the prison or workhouse. The separated oakum was then used to caulk ships. Oliver picked oakum at the workhouse in Oliver Twist.
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Oakum

Material used for caulking hulls. Often hemp picked from old untwisted ropes.
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Oakum

Oakum is a preparation of tarred fibre used in shipbuilding for caulking or packing the joints of timbers in wooden vessels and the deck planking of iron and steel ships, as well as cast iron pipe plumbing applications. Oakum was at one time recycled from old tarry ropes and cordage, which were painstakingly unravelled and taken apart into fibre. ...
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Oakum

Material used for caulking hulls. Often hemp picked from old untwisted ropes.
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OAKUM

The remains of old ropes that have become untwisted or picked to pieces, sometimes called tow. This material was often used to stuff into cracks in the ship
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oakum

old ropes untwisted for caulking the seams of ships
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Oakum

Loose hemp or jute fiber that's impregnated with tar or pitch and used to caulk large seams or for p
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oakum

old ropes untwisted for caulking the seams of ships
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