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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 of the subjects learned and remembered while smelling chocolate; one fourth while smelling moth balls. The other two fractions were switched.
Someone else said that they have an intense sense of smell so put moth balls around and under your house.
Acceptable materials for disposal include oil-based paints, stains and varnishes, wood preservatives, paint strippers/thinners, solvent adhesives, lighter fluids, fuels/gasoline, kerosene, antifreeze, motor oil, engine degreaser, brake fluid/carburetor cleaner, transmission fluid, driveway sealer, roofing tar, swimming pool chemicals, rubber cement, airplane glue, fiberglass resins, photo chemicals, propane tanks, furniture polish, drain and toilet cleaner, spot remover, flashlight batteries, rug and upholstery cleaners, hobby and artist supplies, poisons, insecticides, fungicides, chemical fertilizers, week killers, moth balls, and flea-control products.
What I really liked smelling were moth balls, little camphor spheres threaded with purple silk, that hung in the wardrobe near to my mother's fur coat.
By comparison, this version of High Society looks as though it has been dragged out of deep storage, still smelling of moth balls.
In the swinging Sixties they wore tweed coats in the summer, with matching hats and gloves, and in the winter their fut coats were brought out of hibernation, smelling of moth balls. Being in their sixties themselves, the era of the mini skirt, bell bottoms and kaftan passed them by.
But the Nora Batty of the fashion world has long ago left its moth balls and false teeth image and has rightfully won a place in the contemporary lifestyle wardrobe.
A trick we've been using on Trading Up for yearsp IF YOU can't bear the smell of moth balls yet want to keep bugs at bay in your wardrobe then here's a great idea.
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.
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.
But others admitted to resorting to potato juice, moth balls and even shark saliva.