or i·ron·sick

adjective Nautical.
  1. 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
Related formsiron sickness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of iron-sick

  • 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