What does the word oakum mean?

    Part of speech: noun

  • Hempfiber obtained by untwisting old rope; used in calking.

Usage examples for oakum

  1. Flights of mosquitoes came buzzing and biting them, unmercifully revelling in the youngster's fresh blood, till some oakum set on fire, with fresh leaves thrown on it, put the miscreant insects to the rout. – The Three Lieutenants by W.H.G. Kingston