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mothball

a small ball of camphor or naphthalene used to repel clothes moths in stored clothing, blankets, etc.

mothball

[′mȯth‚bȯl]
(ordnance)
Placing military equipment into a state of long storage.

mothball

A term used for preserving aircraft, equipment, parts, etc., when they are unlikely to be put in use for an extended period. The equipment is generally sealed and made moisture-proof to the extent possible.
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Samantha Baker, from The Belfry, said she had loved wearing her wedding dress again at last year's Moth Ball.
She said: "I kept mentioning the idea to people and consistently received really enthusiastic feedback, so it escalated and evolved into what has now become The Moth Ball.
Fallon set a furious pace on Yajbill in the Listed contest but was collared by Moth Ball inside the final furlong, and Darryll Holland kept Jamie Osborne's 15-2 chance up to his work to hold on by a length and a quarter from Nufoos.
Proceeds from the Moth Ball were donated to Macmillan Cancer Support.
Her previous meeting with the Royal Stud's stallion produced Moth Ball, winner of last season's Listed Rockingham Stakes.
He's joining Moth Ball and a pallet-load of other horses who are on their way to Jim Cassidy.
It has already been franked by the likes of fourth-placed Moth Ball, who went on to win a Listed event at York.
At Brighton, Moth Ball and Elisha are two against the field for the opening DJMT Magnotherapy Horse Rug Nursery (2.
Oceanico Dot Com - 3lb out of the handicap and carrying 1lb overweight - got her head in front inside the final furlong but then had to dig deep to hold off Smiddy Hill and Moth Ball by a neck and a head.
It all ended well, though, as Dettori soon had the Godolphin youngster in pole position and forced his head back in front after being collared by Moth Ball.
The Cockerham filly pipped Smiddy Hill by a neck with Moth Ball a short-head back in third.
Oceanico Dot Com, third when carrying top weight at Catterick last week, now sneaks in at the bottom of the weights, while Moth Ball drops in distance after four runs over six furlongs.