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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.
Netball teammates Laura Tucker, Lou Stirrop, Liz Hemes and Rachel Bishop are ready for the Moth Ball
Proceeds from the Moth Ball were donated to Macmillan Cancer Support.
At Brighton, Moth Ball and Elisha are two against the field for the opening DJMT Magnotherapy Horse Rug Nursery (2.10).
The Cockerham filly pipped Smiddy Hill by a neck with Moth Ball a short-head back in third.
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.
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.
Improved significantly for his first outing when beating subsequent winners Rebuttal and Moth Ball at Windsor 12 days ago.
Others declared include yesterday's York flop Council Member, Moth Ball and Doctor's Cave.
Holland then showed the coltish Moth Ball the ropes as he recorded an all-the-way success in the six-furlong median auction maiden, leaving trainer Jamie Osborne both delighted and frustrated in equal measures.
Instead of using naphthalene moth balls and cedar balls (which can be effective), try a Moth Box (PS7.90, totalwardrobecare.co.uk).