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Definition of oakum:

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

Synonyms:

beam, blade, aft, bowsprit, bilge, bay, amidships, bow, berth, boom.

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