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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In medicine, a mixture of pitch and tar, impregnated with salt water, scraped from the sides of ships, formerly used in external applications as having resolutive and desiccative properties.


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  • 1) An old medicinal application made from wax and pitch scraped from the sides of ships. 2) A patent composition used as a hardening or protecting coat for metal.


    August 26, 2009