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  • n. A skein or hank of rope yarns wound round with yarns or marline, used for stoppers, straps, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A skein or hank of rope yarns wound round with yarns or marline, -- used for stoppers, straps, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Nautical, an untwisted skein of rope-yarn marled together and used for any purpose where a strong and pliant strap is required. Also selvage. See cut under nipper, 8.

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  • "... a sort of hank or skein of rope-yarn turned into a circular form, and marled together with spun-yarn. It is used to fasten round any rope, as a shroud or stay, so that a tackle may be hooked in it, to extend the said shroud or stay, in order to set it up."
    Falconer's New Universal Dictionary of the Marine (1816), 447

    October 14, 2008

  • "Don't you know you must pass the selvagee first, damn your eyes?"
    --O'Brian, The Truelove, 132

    March 11, 2008