White oakum
Oakum Oak"um ([=o]k"[u^]m), n. [AS. [=a]cumba; pref. [=a]- (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 seams of ships, stopping leaks, etc. [1913 Webster]

2. The coarse portion separated from flax or hemp in nackling. --Knight. [1913 Webster]

{White oakum}, that made from untarred rope. [1913 Webster]


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