flotsam

Part of speech: noun

Goods found floating at sea.

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Usage examples "flotsam":

  1. It is a strange thing to consider what unimportant flotsam sometimes floats visibly upon the stream of history, while the gravest events are sunk deep beneath its flood. - "Christopher Columbus, Complete", Filson Young.
  2. This morning it had been two layers of whitest linen, with strips of whalebone sewn between and dainty puffed sleeves attached, but now it was soaked with salt water and brown from the sand and flotsam of the bay. - "Caribbee", Thomas Hoover.
  3. Even here, however, was no lack of revellers afoot for the evening- stray flotsam of the downtown crowds, or members of neighbourhood gatherings on their way to entertainment. - "The Mardi Gras Mystery", H. Bedford-Jones.