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or ironsick

[ahy-ern-sik] /ˈaɪ ərnˌsɪk/
adjective, Nautical.
noting a wooden hull, fastened with iron, in which chemical interaction between the iron and the wood has resulted in the decay of both; nail-sick.
Origin of iron-sick
First recorded in 1620-30
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iron sickness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • That old ship of the faith was leaky and iron-sick, and down by the head and heel, as they say at sea.

    'Charge It' Irving Bacheller

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