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from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Nautical, the act of running old oakum out of the deck or bottom seams of a vessel, preparatory to recalking.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Naut.) The process of picking out the oakum from the seams of a vessel which is to be recalked.
  • noun (Naut.) the tool with which old oakum is picked out of a vessel's seams.

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