Moby-Dick: Tar-pot


  1. the small pot held when tarring down the stays (various strong ropes for steadying masts)

The word tar-pot appears in the following sentences from Moby-Dick:

Chapter 1 > Paragraph 8 > Sentence 5:

And more than all, if just previous to putting your hand into the tar-pot, you have been lording it as a country schoolmaster, making the tallest boys stand in awe of you.

Concordance for the word tar-pot from Moby-Dick.

Herman Melville
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