Oakum

Oakum, name given to fibres of old tarry ropes sundered by teasing, and employed in caulking the seams between planks in ships; the teasing of oakum is an occupation for prisoners in jails.

Definition taken from The Nuttall Encyclopædia, edited by the Reverend James Wood (1907)

Oaks, The * Oases
Nyanza, Victoria
Nyassa, Lake
Nyassaland
Nyâya
Nymphs
Nynee Tal
Nyx
Oakham
Oakland
Oaks, The
Oakum
Oases
Oates, Titus
Obadiah
Oban
Obeid
Obelisk
Ober-Ammergau
Oberlin, Jean Friedrich
Oberon
Obi

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Oakum in Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase & Fable