Pronunciation: (flot'sum), [key]
1. the part of the wreckage of a ship and its cargo found floating on the water. Cf. jetsam, lagan.
2. material or refuse floating on water.
3. useless or unimportant items; odds and ends.
4. a vagrant, penniless population: the flotsam of the city slums in medieval Europe. Also called flot'sam and jet'sam (for defs. 3, 4).

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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