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part of speech: noun

Old ropes untwisted and teased into loose hemp for calking the seams of ships.

part of speech: noun

Old rope pulled into loose yarn for calking ships.

part of speech: noun

Loose hemp- fiber obtained by untwisting old ropes: used for stopping leaks in boats, etc.

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