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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Old North French
Origin: cauquer 'to press down with the feet', from Latin calcare, from calx 'heel'

caulk

verb
     
caulk also calk American English [transitive]
to fill the holes or cracks in a ship with an oily or sticky substance in order to keep water out

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