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mothball

moth·ball

mothball

 
pronunciation:
mawth bawl
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
phrases:
in mothballs
features:
Word Combinations (noun)
part of speech: noun
definition: a small hard ball of an insect-repellent chemical such as camphor or naphthalene, used to keep moths out of clothes.
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phrase: in mothballs
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: mothballed, mothballing, mothballs
definition: to retire from use and place into storage.