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OAKUM (0. Eng. dcumbe or—cecumbe, tow...

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Originally appearing in Volume V19, Page 935 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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OAKUM (0. Eng. dcumbe or—cecumbe, tow, literally " off-combings "), a preparation of tarred fibre used in shipbuilding, for caulking or packing joints of timbers in wood vessels and the deck planking of iron and steel ships. Oakum is made by preference from old tarry ropes and cordage of vessels, and its picking and preparation has been a common penal occupation in prisons and workhouses. White oakum is made from untarred materials.
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