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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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The ministry said although no deaths from mothballs has been reported in New Zealand, at least two people need hospital treatment in every three years for ingesting flakes or mothballs.
Castelo noted that if mothballs are used in the open, they can harm people, pets or other animals that may touch or eat the mothballs or breathe their vapors.
John Lewis, the Oxford Street department stores in central London, admitted that it no longer stocks traditional mothballs.
We keep open containers of mothballs in the storage area and in our motor home.
Carpets and upholstery co-mingled with mothballs should be vacuumed thoroughly, with vacuum cleaner bags containing mothball traces emptied immediately outdoors.
When the adventurers return through the doors at the end of the film the mothballs are back.
So, early each spring, I renew my mothballs in the glass jar, and there are no pump-house occupants at all.
When analyzing use of specific products, the researchers found a significant correlation between use of mothballs and NHL, although not a clear dose-response relationship.
Perhaps hoping to follow the business model set forth by these groups, several investors have emerged to bring additional EAF plants out of mothballs.