camphor ball


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camphor ball

n
another name for mothball1
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moth•ball

(ˈmɔθˌbɔl, ˈmɒθ-)

n.
1. a small ball of naphthalene or sometimes of camphor for placing in closets or other storage areas to repel moths.
2. in mothballs,
a. in reserve or storage.
b. in a state of disuse, rejection, or repudiation: That idea belongs in mothballs.
v.t.
3. to put into storage; inactivate.
adj.
4. inactive; stored away: a mothball fleet.
[1905–10]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.camphor ball - a small sphere of camphor or naphthalene used to keep moths away from stored clothing
globe, orb, ball - an object with a spherical shape; "a ball of fire"
camphor - a resin obtained from the camphor tree; used in making celluloid and liniment
naphthalene - a white crystalline strong-smelling hydrocarbon made from coal tar or petroleum and used in organic synthesis and as a fumigant in mothballs
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Awaiting her late arrival at his home as his dinner-guest, he informed the assembled august company that when she did arrive she would 'smell of camphor balls and be wearing an old lace curtain from some Notting Hill lodging-house.