: loosely twisted hemp or jute fiber impregnated with tar or a tar derivative and used in caulking seams and packing joints
Examples of oakum in a Sentence
Recent Examples on the WebLongtime DIY owners talk about pouring cement between the foundation rocks and buying oakum, sailor's tarry rope, to weave it between the logs to keep the wind out.
Janet Eastman, OregonLive.com, 6 July 2017
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