noun. loose hemp or jute fiber obtained by unravelling old ropes; when impregnated with tar it was used to caulk seams and pack joints in wooden ships.
- okome (Middle English (1100-1500))
- acumba (Old English (ca. 450-1100))
Sentences with oakum
1. Noun, singular or mass
This will soak into the oakum and the wood.