SELVAGEE CONTRASTED WITH MAD-JACK.
"White Jacket" by Herman Melville
No wad is required over a shell, but a selvagee wad may be used in heavy rolling.
"Ordnance Instructions for the United States Navy." by Bureau of Ordnance, USN
This tail is usually selvageed, or else the strands are opened and laid up into sennit, as for a gasket.
"The Seaman's Friend" by Richard Henry Dana