junk wad

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Junk \Junk\, n. [Pg. junco junk, rush, L. juncus a bulrush, of
   which ropes were made in early ages. Cf. Junket.]
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   1. Pieces of old cable or old cordage, used for making
      gaskets, mats, swabs, etc., and when picked to pieces,
      forming oakum for filling the seams of ships.
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   2. Old iron, or other metal, glass, paper, etc., bought and
      sold by junk dealers.
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   3. Hence: Something worthless, or only worth its value as
      recyclable scrap.

   4. (Naut.) Hard salted beef supplied to ships.
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   Junk bottle, a stout bottle made of thick dark-colored

   Junk dealer, a dealer in old cordage, old metal, glass,

   Junk hook (Whaling), a hook for hauling heavy pieces of
      blubber on deck.

   Junk ring.
      (a) A packing of soft material round the piston of a steam
      (b) A metallic ring for retaining a piston packing in
      (c) A follower.

   Junk shop, a shop where old cordage, and ship's tackle, old
      iron, old bottles, old paper, etc., are kept for sale.

   Junk vat (Leather Manuf.), a large vat into which spent tan
      liquor or ooze is pumped.

   Junk wad (Mil.), a wad used in proving cannon; also used in
      firing hot shot.
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