oakum
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ˈəʊkəm/
Noun

oakum

  1. A material, consisting of tarred fibres, used to caulk or pack joints in plumbing, masonry, and wooden shipbuilding.
  2. The coarse portion separated from flax or hemp in hackling.
    • 1983, Peter Ackroyd, The Last Testament of Oscar Wilde:
      My eyesight began to fail, from the strain of picking oakum in my cell.
Synonyms
  • (flax or hemp fibers separated in hackling) tow, hards
Translations


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