Part of speech: noun

The non floating part of a cargo cast into the sea to lighten a vessel in danger; opposed to flotsam.

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Usage examples "jetsam":

  1. " Jetsam" is such an ugly word. - "Love Conquers All", Robert C. Benchley.
  2. The same manor had flotsam, jetsam, and lagan, " and so it was adjudged upon a trial at bar between Henry, Earl of Northumberland, and Sir Nicholas Curwen in Queen Elizabeth's time, and afterwards a decree in Chancery for conforming the said prescription and securing that right to the sea against the lord paramount." - "Bygone Cumberland and Westmorland", Daniel Scott.
  3. The two Kabyles are Mohammed's, and the flotsam and jetsam is mine. - "The Golden Silence", C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson.