mottenbal

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Germanic: the plural of mot 'moth' (cognate) + bal 'ball'

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Noun[edit]

mottenbal m (plural mottenballen, diminutive mottenballetje n)

  1. A mothball, chemically bugs-repelling ball
  2. (figuratively, in the plural) Long-term storage; unsavory state (of conservation)

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