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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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One fourth learned smelling chocolate and remembered inhaling moth ball fumes; while the other quarter learned smelling moth balls and were memory tested in a chocolate environment.
But others admitted to resorting to potato juice, moth balls and even shark saliva.
The last thing I want to do is set off bug bombs in the house or put moth balls in my kitchen.
The company wants to manufacture closer to its South-east Asian clients and has spare Axminster weaving machinery under moth balls here which can be shipped out.
He remembers hiding in a closet at one point, inhaling the sharp scent of moth balls and breathlessly listening to the Gestapo pass by.
Many environmentalists recommend cedar as the "right choice," because it is a natural alternative to chemical moth balls which are petro-chemical products containing naphthalene and/or paradichlorobenzene.
Unlike volatile chemical moth balls that literally evaporate, cedar can be renewed over and over by sanding the top layer or using Cedar Power spray from Cedar Fresh Home Products.
Go on Liz, get that famous Versace dress out of moth balls, polish up the safety pins and admit that Hugh've got much more than a friend.
I remembered reading that deer don't like strong odors and the only thing I had on hand was a few boxes of moth balls.
Our pea patch is surrounded on three sides by hardwoods, so we broadcast handfuls of moth balls through the tree line all around the patch, then hung old pantyhose by one leg tied to a tree limb and a handful of moth balls in the toe of the other leg that hung about three feet from the ground.
Others admitted resorting to potato juice, moth balls and even shark saliva.
Things like Pond's vanishing cream that as a child I thought could make you disappear; Pepsodent toothpaste,Mansion polish and Mothak moth balls which hung around my mother's fur coat on fine purple silk thread.