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Meaning of OAKUM

Pronunciation:  'owkum

WordNet Dictionary
[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

OAKUM is a 5 letter word that starts with O.


 See Also: fiber, fibre



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Oak"um\, n. [AS. [=a]cumba; pref. ? (cf.G. er-, Goth.
us-, orig. meaning, out) + cemban to comb, camb comb. See
1. The material obtained by untwisting and picking into loose
   fiber old hemp ropes; -- used for calking the seams of
   ships, stopping leaks, etc.

2. The coarse portion separated from flax or hemp in
   nackling. --Knight.

{White oakum}, that made from untarred rope.