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[chawk-bawrd, -bohrd]
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  1. a blackboard, especially a green or other light-colored one.
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Origin of chalkboard

An Americanism dating back to 1935–40; chalk + board
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  1. US and Canadian a hard or rigid surface made of a smooth usually dark substance, used for writing or drawing on with chalk, esp in teachingAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): blackboard
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Word Origin and History for chalkboard


also chalk-board, 1816, from chalk (n.) + board (n.1).

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